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Archery in the Schools to begin at Tyler next year

By Staff | May 14, 2014

Maggie Fisher's (Archery Club advisor for 2014-15) class of next year's sophomores proudly display part of the new archery equipment received in the NRA grant for the Archery in the Schools Program to be added at TCHS next year. The equipment will be shared by the PE classes and the Archery Club.

Students at Tyler Consolidated High School will be steadying their aims, honing in on targets and paying attention to which way the wind is blowing next year as the school is the latest in West Virginia to join the Archery in the Schools program, which will institute an Archery Club when the new school year begins.

The NRA Foundation recently awarded a grant to Tyler Consolidated High School to establish an “Archery in the Schools” program.

Through the Archery in the Schools program, physical education students will be given an opportunity to become involved in a life skill that has no barriers. Archery, unlike many sporting activities, is something in which boys and girls of all sizes can easily become involved, whether they are in school or out. With the strong interest in bowhunting and competitive shooting in West Virginia , there are unlimited opportunities for your students to participate in this activity outside the classroom and throughout their lifetimes.

In addition to expanding the archery unit in 10th grade Physical Education classes, the equipment purchased with the grant funds will allow for the development of an Archery Club where students can further develop skills for personal satisfaction or those needed to compete in Archery in the Schools events. Students have the opportunity to compete on local, state, and national levels with this program.

Students at Tyler Consolidated have already expressed interest in the program in the past; additionally, there is a strong interest in archery in our area.

Freshman Brooklyn Pittman competed in the International Bowhunting Organization Spring Nationals, where she qualified for The 2014 I.B.O. World Championship, which will be held in Ellicottville, New York in August.

“My brother and dad both shot bows, and I wanted to beat them, so I just picked up a bow and started shooting,” Pittman said.

Grant funds from the NRA were used to purchase compound bows, arrows, and targets. The NRA Foundation is the country’s leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports, having awarded thousands of grants in support of educational programs since its inception in 1990. The NRA Foundation supports those organizations and programs that ensure the continuation of our proud shooting and hunting heritage.

Tyler Consolidated Physical Education teacher Linda Putzulu and English teacher Maggie Fisher wrote the NRA Foundation grant in order to begin the program here in Tyler County. They, along with other volunteers, will run the Archery in the Schools program.