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ACBL Partners With Local Educators to Bridge the Achievement Gap

The ACBL recently launched a pilot program to bring bridge education to local midsouth schools, near corporate headquarters. Twenty schools from three states – Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama – sent a teacher representative to the School Bridge Club Seminar on September 17.

The school teachers learned the basics of duplicate bridge from Atlanta Junior Bridge co-founder, Patty Tucker, utilizing her ‘Learn Bridge In a Day?’ curriculum. In the afternoon, TAP trainer and Long Island Bridge for Youth founder, Carol Mathews, gave a lesson on the different curriculum options available to the teachers and provided useful information on teaching bridge to youth.

Since the completion of the seminar, 30% of the attending teachers have already registered School Bridge Clubs with the ACBL, and more are expected. The projected number of students planning to join bridge club (as provided by their teachers) is greater than 125 students!

“We were so pleased with the turnout for the seminar and had a wonderful group of teachers representing elementary, middle, and high schools from three different states,” said Vicki Campbell, Director of Marketing and Education. “Most of the teachers plan to use the curriculum for after school clubs, but several teachers will use bridge instruction as curriculum enrichment in their classrooms for both Advanced Placement and Individualized Education programs.”

The ACBL feels the seminar was a success, not only because they will reach so many youth through the program, but also because they have introduced the game to their adult teachers as well. Many of the teachers left class expressing a desire to take more lessons, visit their local clubs, and teach their own families how to play mini-bridge that very evening!

Teachers learning bridge
School Bridge Club seminar - Kelli DeMoville & Lindsay Venturini (Houston Middle), Melissa Bernhardt (Whirlwind Bridge), Virginia Alter (Mt. Pisgah Middle), Phill Carter (Germantown High).jpg

Teachers learning bridge
School Bridge Club seminar