Mt. Pleasant Youth Bridge at the Middle School started 7 years ago and “duplicate bridge” instruction has been supported by numerous community duplicate bridge players in teaching and providing “table aids”.
A big supporter of youth bridge was the late Elsie Kinney. She wished to establish a memorial fund that would help ensure the continuation of youth bridge at the Mt. Pleasant Middle School. As a result, a special program is being set up at the Middle School to attract teachers to learn duplicate bridge and teach Youth Bridge. The Western IL University has an “on line” STAR program to learn duplicate bridge. The on line course is in two sections of 6 lessons each with a total of 40 continuing professsional development units available. The cost of $50 will be refunded upon completion of the course. The teacher would then be able to instuct youth bridge with the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) providing lesson plans for at least 16 after school classes to 8 students. ACBL also provides cards, certificates, trophies and pays a stipend of $350, which could be augmented with the Elsie Youth Bridge Memorial Fund. The memorial would solict annual tax deductible (501C3) contributions and receive support from fund raisers by the students of youth bridge.
Youth bridge is being taught in 20 states to 4,000 students every year. Mt. Pleasant and Winfield are the two schools in Iowa that are teaching youth bridge. Mt. Pleasant has been “tracking” the bridge students with the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) which supports the data from Carlinville, IL. Most of the Youth Bridge students have improved their average test scores in several/or all of the 5 academic subjects tested by ITBS in both the Carlinville and Mt. Pleasanat Middle Schools. This “tracking” is planned to start in the Winfield Middle School this year.
Please reply if you are interested in annual support of the Elsie Kinney Youth Bridge Memorial or instruction of duplicate bridge. Contact Zip Mettenburg (385-1109, or email; firstname.lastname@example.org).