JE archery program a bull's-eye

In the spring of 2008, Jordan-Elbridge hosted an eight-hour National Archery in the Schools Program Basic Archery Instructor Training Program for area physical education teachers. JE has now incorporated the archery program into their physical education curriculum. The program is designed to teach International-style target archery for grades four to 12 physical education classes. Core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening physical fitness and self-improvement.

The district obtained a grant for hosting the training. Those funds covered the cost of equipment which included 24 archery bows, indoor targets, drop net, arrows, indoor bow hangers and repair kits. The equipment is utilized by JE's elementary, middle and high school students.

To conclude the middle school's fall session on archery, students had the opportunity to put their archery skills to the test as they took a field trip to Wildwood Sports Center in Elbridge. JE's physical education teachers Mark Fietta and Tracey Engle coordinated the event and local archery enthusiasts volunteered their time to help chaperone the groups of students that maneuvered the outdoor 3-D course.

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