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JE students stay 'on target'

Jordan-Elbridge Middle and High School students recently took part in archery program that concluded with a field trip to Wildwood Sports Center in Elbridge. Students put their archery skills to the test as they maneuvered the 3-D obstacle course, which consisted of deer, elk, turkey, boar and even a polar bear.

JE's physical education teachers Mark Fietta and Tracey Engle coordinated the event and local archery enthusiasts volunteered their time to help chaperone the student groups that maneuvered the outdoor course.

Jordan-Elbridge has offered this program to its students as part of its physical education curriculum for the last three years, thanks to a grant received for hosting an Archery Training for Instructors Program. The funds from the grant covered the cost of the equipment, including 24 archery bows, indoor targets, drop net, arrows, indoor bow hangers and repair kits. The equipment is utilized by JE's Middle and High School students.

The program is designed to teach International style target archery in 4th-12th grade physical education classes. Core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening physical fitness and self-improvement.

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