Building a QuickStart Tennis Pathway for Crozet ES
Crozet Elementary School (CES) is located in the designated growth area of Crozet, VA and is one of four elementary schools in the western Albemarle feeder pattern. The 120 year-old school community has been in a new building since 1990 and is currently home to 326 students in grades PK-5. About 26% of the students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program and 6% of the kids have disabilities. The student demographics at CES are significantly different than those at the three other elementary schools in the feeder pattern.
As with other small schools in Albemarle County, CES also faces issues which threaten its rural, small-town atmosphere. The designated growth area will have over 20,000 residents at build-out. The population grew by 97% from 2000 to 2010 (almost 6,000) and the growth rate is accelerating. There is now a plan to increase the size of the school to accommodate 250 additional students.
Both PE teacher Dawn Laine and Principal Gwedette Crummie are BIG QuickStart Tennis supporters!
QCV has been involved with CES for several years.
- QuickStart Tennis in PE classes for five years
- Getting Matilda Blue Tennis after-school program started in 2011
- Go Bananas for QuickStart! visits to PE classes and Matilda Blue Tennis after-school program
- Grow Veggies for QuickStart! school "tennis garden" grant
- Tennis Festival for Crozet Mobile Village kids (who attend CES) -- April 2013
- Tennis racquets and balls for all 165 first, second and third graders -- November 2013
- School visit by pros from the Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic Tournament -- April 2014
- QuickStart PRO in summer school -- June/July 2014
Students are Going Bananas for QuickStart! at Crozet Elementary School
Tinsley Pros Jackie Cako and Sanaz Marand told CES kids how much FUN tennis is after great college careers
Now QCV is undertaking an ambitious plan to build three 36-foot QuickStart courts at CES and equip all kids in first, second and third grade with racquets and balls to keep.
CES Field of Tennis Dreams -- Plans are in the works to turn the field in the northest corner of the school's 21-acre site into a tennis magnet for kids ages eight and under or anyone who wants to play tennis on 36-foot courts. The courts will complement the three 36-foot courts QCV had built at Claudius Crozet Park in June 2012.
CES QuickStart Tennis Court Supporters
- Bama Works Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
- Better Living Foundation
- Mary Gregorie Burns
- Charlottesville Area Community Foundation -- Community Endowment
- Harris Teeter, Inc.
- Inez Duff Bishop Charitable Trust
- Ix Foundation
- Camilyn Leone
- Luck Companies Foundation
- USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section -- Target Market Initiative
- Anonymous matching donor
We need to raise funds for a shade structure near the courts.
QCV Wish List Item Comes True -- All CES first, second and third graders were given racquets and balls to keep thanks to a grant from the Smyth Foundation Fund at the Charlotteville Area Community Foundation. THANK YOU Mrs. Smyth!!!
A racquet in every hand! A smile on every face!
165 first, second and third graders received tennis racquets and balls to take home thanks to the Smyth Foundation Fund
November 8, 2013
Closets and halls in a every public elementary school should look like this!
Every classroom should look like this!
Want to be a great adult? Be a QuickStart kid!