Michigan has Archery Equipment Grants Available

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering archery equipment grants to schools statewide, both public and private, who enroll in the DNR's Archery in the Schools Program.

Archery in the Schools introduces international-style target archery to students in 4th through 12th grade physical education classes. The in-school curriculum's core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement. To date, 68 schools in 32 counties across Michigan have adopted the program and more than 4,000 students have participated.

"Target archery is a safe sport, in which students of all skill levels can be successful regardless of age, size or physical ability," said Mary Emmons, coordinator for the Archery in the Schools Program. "Incorporating archery as a school sport choice in the physical education curriculum creates an opportunity to engage students who otherwise may not participate in traditional athletics in an individual sport they can enjoy throughout their lifetime."

Schools who wish to enroll in the program may do so by having their physical education instructor(s) register for the free eight-hour basic archery instructor course. Two BAI courses scheduled in October include:

  • Monday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m., Alcona Community High School, Lincoln, Alcona County
  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:45 a.m., Laker Junior High School, Pigeon, Huron CountySchools interested in receiving grant funding must maintain a BAI-certified physical education instructor on staff. All grants require matching funds of 50 percent and an equipment agreement is required. Sponsors currently are being sought to assist schools in raising the local match thru the Adopt-A-School program.

    To register for a BAI class or more information, contact Mary Emmons at (517) 241-9477; e-mail [email protected], or visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrarchery.