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SACRAMENTO FWO: Grant Hits Target and Connects Kids to the Outdoors
California-Nevada Offices , September 21, 2011
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Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Connecting People with Nature program, Colusa High School received $1500 in funds to buy new archery equipment and reach a broader, more diverse audience outdoors.
Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Connecting People with Nature program, Colusa High School received $1500 in funds to buy new archery equipment and reach a broader, more diverse audience outdoors. - Photo Credit: Sabrina D'Souza/USFWS
Wilderness Archery in Rocklin, CA also provided a generous discount to help further and with the new equipment that was purchased more students will be able to be successful regardless of their age, size or physically ability.
Wilderness Archery in Rocklin, CA also provided a generous discount to help further and with the new equipment that was purchased more students will be able to be successful regardless of their age, size or physically ability. - Photo Credit: Sabrina D'Souza/USFWS

By Sabrina D’Souza, High School Intern, and Sarah Swenty, External Affairs, Sacramento FWO

On Wednesday, September 21, 2011, a class of students from Colusa High School met to learn about archery, many for the very first time. With brand new bows in hand, students big and small lined up to take their best shot.

Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Connecting People with Nature program, the school received $1500 in funds to buy new equipment and reach a broader, more diverse audience outdoors. Wilderness Archery in Rocklin, Calif., also provided a generous discount. With the new archery equipment that was purchased, more students will be able to be successful regardless of their age, size or physically ability.

At Colusa High, which has about 360 students, the archery class meets once a week during the schools Enrichment program. The goal for the Enrichment program is to give students learning opportunities that are not normally provided in an academic setting. The classes are offered during the year in 6- 12 week increments.

During the class, students learn the fundamentals of archery and the responsibilities of safe practice. The current class of 21 students includes freshman through seniors. Only 4 of these students had shot an arrow before. The teacher Craig Richards, teaches the students safety, basic archery through target shooting and accuracy games, conservation ethics and hunting skills.

Archery is a great way to connect kids with nature and learn about other outdoor activities. Statistics show that archery programs help students to be more engaged in school and reduce drop-out rates. Archery is also a fun sport and helps inspire students to participate in school activities.

Colusa High has been offering archery classes for several years but with limited resources. The school couldn’t provide materials because like many schools, budgets are shrinking. Materials were provided by volunteers and teachers and with funding cuts, they were unable to replace the broken equipment. The class would share one target, a couple of 50+ pound bows and less than a dozen arrows. Not all students had the physical ability to use the bows, which limited the amount of students who could participate in the class.

With the Connecting People with Nature grant and Wilderness Archery’s support, they were able to purchase 4 bows, 3 targets, and 72 arrows. The students were excited to work with their new equipment. For most students, this was the first time they had ever shot a bow. Each student in the class got a chance to shoot the bows, which were the right size and weight for most students in the class to hit the target on their first try.

With the new equipment, Colusa High School students will be able to participate and get excited about being outdoors with every arrow they shoot.

 


Contact Info: Sarah Swenty, 916-414-6571, sarah_swenty@fws.gov



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