“Not everyone can dunk the ball, tackle, or run fast. However, as a
young lady from North Pulaski M.S. said, “I can do this!”
A physical education
curriculum entitled, Archery: “On Target for Life” co-created by the
Departments of Education and Fish & Wildlife Resources was implemented
in 100 of Kentucky’s middle schools in 2002.
Designed to teach Olympic-style target
archery in 4th-12th grades, core content covers archery history, safety,
technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. Before
presenting the 2-week archery course, teachers undergo a 12-hour National Archery Association
Level I archery-training program.
Students shoot at bullseye targets placed
before an arrow resistant net in their gymnasium. Equipment used is
state-of-the art and designed to fit every student. Thanks to support from the
archery industry, the $4,800 equipment “kits” can be purchased by schools
for $2,800. More than 270,000 students are expected to take the two week
curriculum each year.
Students are enthusiastic about learning archery
Student behavior and attendance is improved on archery days
Students that historically resisted PE class are eager to participate in archery
Students who excel in archery class are not only the stereotypical