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Deadline Wednesday for WV Archery instructor training

Jan. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The deadline to apply for instructor training for the West Virginia Archery in the Schools program is Wednesday, Jan. 2.

The program, which offered by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section, scheduled training sessions for Jan. 29 and 30, at the Charleston First Church of the Nazarene, according to Krista Snodgrass, program coordinator.

The Archery in Schools program introduces children to archery during physical education classes. The program teaches Olympic-style, target archery in grades four through 12 in both public and private schools. It is the agency's largest growing educational program and more than 72,000 students in 300 schools have participated since 2004.

"In order for schools to have the AIS Program, they must first have a certified instructor -- preferably a PE instructor or coach who will introduce as many kids as possible to the joys of target archery," Snodgrass said in a release. "DNR only has about four trainings a year and, because class size is limited to 25, training slots are highly sought. As an added incentive, teachers taking this training may be eligible to receive Continuing Education Hours -- provided they submit their paperwork to their principal before the end of the school year."

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, contact Snodgrass at 304-558-2771 or Krista.R.Snodgrass@wv.gov. More information is available at www.wvdnr.gov/archery.

--The Herald-Dispatch