Atlantic Coast Conference Enters the Ninth Year of the Community School Program

March 1, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference enters its ninth year of the “ACC Community School Day Program”, which will culminate by allowing more than 12,000 enthusiastic students - representing over 12 county schools districts - to attend the 2012 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.

This educational partnership was created and developed in 2004 and now includes a broad based elementary and middle school curriculum guide. The curriculum and lesson plans relate to ACC women’s basketball and are available to teachers in physical education, science, social studies, math, language arts, and character development. Approved lesson plans are posted on www.learnnc.org.

Capping off the year-long program, students and teachers have the opportunity to attend the ACC Women’s Tournament. The Thursday, March 1st opening round game at 11:00 a.m. is designated as the Elementary School Day Game, and will welcome approximately 5,500 elementary students. The Friday, March 2nd 11:00 a.m. game is designated as the Middle School Day Game, and will expect 6,600 middle school students to participate. There are 100 different schools coming that represent 12 different school districts- Forsyth, Guilford, Lee, Lexington, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Surry, Thomasville, Yadkin, Chatham and Davie. Private schools and home schools are in attendance as well.

The Wake Forest women’s basketball team visited Haynes-Inman Education Center on Wednesday, February 29, from 1:30-2 p.m. as part of the Greensboro News & Record’s Newspapers in Education (NIE) program. The team and coaches displayed their shooting, dribbling and passing skills to the students and spoke to them on the values of teamwork, reading and staying in school.

Haynes-Inman Education Center was named as the site for the visit after winning a contest sponsored by the Official Corporate Partners of the ACC, in conjunction with the Greensboro News & Record’s NIE program.

Newspapers in Education is an international cooperative effort among newspapers to help raise civic-minded young readers. It began back in the 1930s when New York City teachers started requesting newspapers to include in their curriculum. Each day, hundreds of newspapers are delivered to Triad area schools through the News & Record NIE program. Teachers use the newspapers as a tool to educate children about the community and help promote literacy.