WHAT IS THE ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM?
Kentucky Archery in the Schools Program offers the exciting physical education program, "Archery: On Target for Life," which has been added to the curriculum of more than 900 Kentucky schools in the past eight years. I would like to challenge you to take the time to investigate how this innovative program has the potential to impact your students on multiple levels.
HOW DOES THIS FIT INTO MY SCHOOL?
The unit, "Archery: On Target for Life," was written by the Kentucky Department of Education curriculum specialist, utilizing the National Curriculum Standards required by the Kentucky Education Reform Act. The archery curriculum contains Academic Expectations and Core Content for Assessment required by state regulation for Physical Education. In addition, the curriculum provides interesting and creative possibilities for integration with core content in social studies, mathematics, visual arts, history, and English/language arts.
ARE THERE TANGIBLE RESULTS THAT I CAN GIVE MY PRINCIPAL?
Potential aside, it is the results we have already realized from the "Archery: On Target For Life," program that have excited educators and administrators across the Commonwealth and the Nation. Participating students have exhibited marked improvements in self-esteem, confidence, self-discipline, structured programs and self-worth--all qualities that lead to an all-around better student, and an enriched student body. We have also documented improvements in critical attendance, behavior and on-task behavior categories as a result of student participation. View the Evaluation Report.
HOW MUCH TIME IS EXPECTED FROM MY CURRICULUM?
The Kentucky Model of "Archery: On Target For Life," is a two-week unit of study that incorporates Olympic-style archery instruction that addresses safety strategies, concentration, skills and techniques necessary to enjoy and participate in archery as a "Lifetime Sport." The safety procedures and instructional guidelines were adopted from the National Archery Association (NAA) and the National Field Archery Association (NFAA).
WHAT TRAINING IS REQUIRED AND WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
Participating schools send at least one teacher to an 8-hour, NASP BASIC ARCHERY TRAINING (BAI) course to become a certified archery instructor. Fee for this training is $75. The total cost of the equipment kit is $2800.00 for Kentucky schools due to special grants and donations. The equipment kit includes:
- 12 bows
- 5 targets
- 5 dozen arrows
- 1 safety net
- 1 repair kit
- bow rack or you can build your own bow box. Plans can be found by clicking HERE
WHAT IS AVAILABLE BEYOND THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS?
The majority of the schools in Kentucky and other states which have implemented the inaugural two-week course have now expanded archery into after-school programs like ESS, 21st Century, Family Resources Service Center (FRYSC), as well as school archery clubs and organized competition.
WHY SHOULD MY SCHOOL BECOME INVOLVED?
"Archery: On Target for Life," in Kentucky, KDFWR has witness to hundreds of success stories that this program has brought to Kentucky schools and students. Prominent among these is word from principals and instructors that students who do not normally participate and enjoy sports-related or extra-curricular activities seem to excel in this program--something that invariably carries over into their attitude, work habits and other school activity. We have two principals that stated the NASP program is the key factor that enabled their school to be a top 20 school in Kentucky on the state assessment in 2003.