“Not everyone can dunk the ball, tackle, or run fast. However, as a young lady from North Pulaski M.S. said, “I can do this!”
A physical education curriculum entitled, Archery: “On Target for Life” co-created by the Departments of Education and Fish & Wildlife Resources was implemented in 100 of Kentucky’s middle schools in 2002.
Designed to teach Olympic-style target archery in 4th-12th grades, core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. Before presenting the 2-week archery course, teachers undergo a 12-hour National Archery Association Level I archery-training program.
Students shoot at bullseye targets placed before an arrow resistant net in their gymnasium. Equipment used is state-of-the art and designed to fit every student. Thanks to support from the archery industry, the $4,800 equipment “kits” can be purchased by schools for $2,800. More than 270,000 students are expected to take the two week curriculum each year.