Archery in the Schools program a hit with students, faculty
Students flock to state shoot after being exposed to archery through their physical education programs.
By Ed Godfrey
Modified: March 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm •
Published: March 27, 2013
Knocking a hole in a target with a bow and arrow is 10-year-old Marli Evans' favorite thing to do.
“It makes me feel good because I know I've accomplished something,” said the sixth-grader at Fisher Elementary in Moore. “It makes me feel good about myself.”
Building self esteem is just one reason Oklahoma's Archery in the Schools program has been such a hit with teachers and administrators around the state.
On Wednesday, more than 1,200 elementary, middle and high school students and 64 teams from across Oklahoma competed in the Archery in the Schools state tournament at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.
The student archers and teams qualified from six regional tournaments. Administered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the top shooters and teams from Wednesday's tournament qualify to the national championship in Kentucky in May.
The archery sessions are taught in schools as part of physical education classes. The Wildlife Department provides training for the instructors.
Evans and Fisher Elementary were making their first appearance at the state shoot.
“I think it is a great program,” said John Daggs, physical education instructor at Fisher Elementary. “The kids really enjoy it. When we are not shooting, they are asking, ‘When are we bringing out the bows?”'
Daggs said Fisher Elementary started the program in December 2012 because another school in Moore encouraged it and parents were asking for it.
He worried at first that some would oppose students handling bows and arrows in the school.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...