LANSING - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering free basic archery instructor (BAI) courses.
Teachers attending the sessions can receive .7 SB-CEUs from the Michigan Department of Education. Each eight-hour session 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 345 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, and it is an individual sport they can enjoy throughout their lifetime."
For more information on Archery in the Schools, contact Emmons at (517) 241-9477 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also is available at www.michigan.gov/dnrarchery.
The DNR is offering archery equipment grants to schools, both public and private, that enroll in the Archery in the Schools program.
In the Upper Peninsula, an archery instructor course will be offered Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern time) at the Escanaba Civic Center.
For more information contact Erick and Karen Kestila at (989) 786-0957.