FLATWOODS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR) will hold its next instructor training for the Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program April 9 and 10 at Mid-State Archery in Flatwoods, according to Krista Snodgrass, program coordinator.
Since its inception in 2004, AIS has become the DNR’s largest educational program introducing archery to more than 84,000 students as part of their physical education (PE) classes in nearly 300 West Virginia schools. The program teaches Olympic-style, target archery in both public and private schools Grades 4 through 12.
“Mid-State Archery is looking forward to hosting this training and becoming a part of a program that has attracted a great deal of attention in our state, especially among the schools located here in central West Virginia,” said Danny Mayse with Mid-State Archery. “We are very excited about providing our facility to a program that is getting more youth involved in an activity that teaches a skill that can be taken with them beyond the classroom.”
“In order for schools to have the AIS Program, they must first have a certified instructor – preferably a physical education instructor or coach who will introduce as many kids as possible to the joys of target archery,” said Snodgrass. “DNR only has about four trainings a year and, because class size is limited to 25, training slots are highly sought after. As an added incentive, teachers taking this training may be eligible to receive Continuing Education Hours (CEH’s) – provided they submit their paperwork to their principal before the end of the school year.”
To ensure a training slot, anyone interested in getting a school involved in the program is encouraged to apply as soon as possible, before the March 29 deadline.
The training costs $25 for all school employees and $50 for non-school employees. This fee will be paid to WVDNR – Archery in the Schools Program (via check, money order, or exact currency only) during the first morning of the training.
To register for the AIS training at Mid-State Archery, please call Krista Snodgrass at 304-558-2771; email Krista.R.Snodgrass@wv.gov
for information on the AIS Program, or visit the DNR’s AIS website at www.wvdnr.gov/archery
Krista Snodgrass, Wildlife Resources Section