Teachers Trained in Olympic Style Archery

Olympic style archery may be coming to several local schools in the near future. Fourteen physical education teachers from several schools in Elmore, Coosa and Montgomery counties became certified to implement the exciting “National Archery in the Schools Program” into their course of study. The certification workshop was conducted at Eclectic Middle School on January 3, 2005, as part of an in-service day for Elmore County teachers.

The following teachers attended the workshop:

Cindy Broom                 Millbrook Middle School                    Elmore County
Cynthia Collier               Eclectic Middle School                      Elmore County
Libby Collier                  Holtville Middle School                      Elmore County
C. A. Doyle                   Central Middle School                       Coosa County
Flavia Freeney               Millbrook Junior High School              Elmore County
Ewell Fuller                    Wetumpka Intermediate School        Elmore County
Patricia Johnson             Floyd Middle Magnet School              Montgomery County
Scott Johnson                Millbrook Middle School                    Elmore County
Liz Justice                     Wetumpka Intermediate School         Elmore County
Katrina Mitchell              Extension Office                               Elmore County
Jared Parker                 Millbrook Middle School                     Elmore County
Edward Rogers              Wetumpka Junior High School            Elmore County
Mitchell Turberville         Central Middle School                       Coosa County
Jane White                    Wetumpka Junior High School            Elmore County

The eight-hour training program was presented by Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries archery instructors. During the training, physical education teachers learned about archery history, safety, shooting form and competition. The teachers learned, for example, that the National Safety Council rates target archery safer than football, baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer and even ping-pong.

To qualify for the program each school must agree to utilize a unit of study called “Archery: On Target for Life.” The school must also send its physical education teachers to an eight-hour USA Archery instructor-training course. Each participating school also agrees to purchase a standard set of modern archery equipment designed for safety, universal fit and ease of use. The equipment kit retails for $4,800, but thanks to support from several manufacturers within the archery industry, it can be purchased from Brennan Industries for $2,400. The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries is providing the next 24 schools to purchase a kit with an incentive that reduces the kit price to approximately $1,625.

The program provides physical education students with an opportunity to become involved in a life skill that has no barriers. Unlike many activities, students of all sizes can easily be involved in archery.  Teachers across Alabama have made positive comments regarding student improvement in attributes such as self discipline, attendance, initiative and various other character related traits since implementing the archery program.

Teachers were very excited about the program and look forward to purchasing the equipment to implement the program into the physical education course of study. The Parent-Teacher Association from Wetumpka Intermediate School agreed to purchase the archery kit for their school the day following the workshop. Teachers from other schools are eager to begin fundraising efforts within their community to purchase the equipment. Archers and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to contact their local teachers to assist with efforts to purchase the equipment to implement this exciting new program within the physical education course of study.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Barnett Lawley stated, “I am excited about this partnership between the State Department of Education and the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. This is an opportunity to positively influence thousands of young Alabamians and provide them with the ingredients to become involved in a life skill that has no barriers. Unlike many school activities, students of all sizes can easily be involved in archery.”

Information regarding Alabama’s National Archery in the Schools Program is available on the Department of Conservation’s Web site at www.outdooralabama.com/education/archery. For more information contact Ray Metzler of the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries at 1-800-245-2740.

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