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May 1, 2007

Contacts: Mary Emmons 517-241-9477 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

DNR Basic Archery Instructor Course Scheduled

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering a free basic archery instructor (BAI) course, Saturday, May 19, at the Laker Junior High School in Pigeon, located in Huron County.

The eight-hour session, which begins at 8 a.m., is for physical education teachers who wish to join the DNR’s Archery in the Schools program.

Archery in the Schools introduces international-style target archery to students in 4th through 12th grade physical education classes. The in-school curriculum’s core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement. To date, more than 160 schools across Michigan have implemented the program.

“Target archery is a safe sport, in which students of all skill levels can be successful regardless of age, size or physical ability,” said Mary Emmons, coordinator for the Archery in the Schools program. “Incorporating archery as a school sport choice in the physical education curriculum creates an opportunity to engage students who otherwise may not participate in traditional athletics in an individual sport they can enjoy throughout their lifetime.”

To register for this BAI class or more information, contact Mary Emmons at (517) 241-9477; e-mail [email protected], or visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrarchery.

The DNR also is offering archery equipment grants to schools, both public and private, that enroll in the Archery in the Schools program.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.
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