Bolinas-Stinson CA Middle School Gets New Archery Gear

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Middle School Gets New Archery Gear

7/6/09

BOLINAS, California - Students at Bolinas-Stinson Middle School no longer have to use worn-out archery equipment during physical education classes, thanks to the National Wild Turkey Federation and the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).

"At some point the school lost funding and couldn't afford to buy new archery equipment," said Pat McNeil, NWTF regional director. "So when they were able to receive the new equipment, it was a real blessing."

The high school received 11 new bows, five targets, 60 arrows, a safety curtain, and a bow rack, totaling more than $2,600 of new equipment. The California Department of Fish and Game and the NWTF donated funding for this project.

"Northern California has a lot of outdoor opportunities," added McNeil. "Archery is a gateway to a number of outdoor activities, including target shooting and hunting."

The NWTF has donated a total of $718,000 to the NASP since 2004, and archery is a popular activity at many of the NWTF's JAKES events.

JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) is the NWTF's outreach program for youth 12 years old and younger. Xtreme JAKES is the NWTF's newest program for teens ages 13 to 17. Through local JAKES/Xtreme JAKES events held across the country, participants learn fun new ways to enjoy the outdoors.

"This donation and involvement really shows the local community that the NWTF cares about our youth and our shooting sports," said Ryan Mathis, NWTF western regional biologist.

The NASP's core curriculum covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement. Students shoot at bull's-eye targets placed in front of an arrow-resistant net in their gymnasium. The equipment used is state-of-the-art and is designed to fit every student.

Physical education instructors from the school volunteered to attend a day-long training course where they learned the basic shooting stance, shooting techniques, safety and proper care of equipment.

NASP was designed to partner with a state's Department of Education and its Fish and Wildlife agency to offer an Olympic-style target archery program to physical education students from fourth to 12th grades.

To learn more about the NWTF assisting the National Archery in the Schools program, contact Ryan Mathis at (707) 443-1646. Information about the NWTF's JAKES program can be found at JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.

For more information about the NWTF visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.

About the NWTF: The National Wild Turkey Federation is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving hunting traditions.


When the NWTF was founded in 1973, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys. Today that number stands at more than seven million birds throughout North America, thanks to the efforts of state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members and partners.

Growth and progress define the NWTF as it has expanded from 1,300 members in 1973 to more than 400,000 today. With that growth has come impressive strides in wildlife management as the NWTF has forged dynamic partnerships across the country to further its conservation mission. Together, the NWTF's partners, sponsors and grassroots members have raised and spent more than $286 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 14 million acres of wildlife habitat.

While wild turkey restoration is nearing completion, the NWTF still has much work to do. Across North America, supporters are working to enhance habitat for wild turkeys and other wildlife while providing hunters with more opportunities and access to public and private land. In addition, NWTF volunteers and partners are introducing youth, women and people with disabilities to the outdoors through special educational events.

The NWTF's national headquarters, located in Edgefield, S.C., features the Wild Turkey Center and Winchester Museum and 100-acre Outdoor Education Center.

If you would like to become a member of Team NWTF, join a committee or start a chapter, please visit our Web site at www.nwtf.org or call us at 800-THE-NWTF.


Contact:
Brian Purtymun, NWTF (803) 637-7667
 

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This school is right down the road from my butcher shop. great to hear they are teaching the kids archery. Way back in the day my dad had a deer club just south of Bolinas. Once they crippled a buck which jumped HWY 1 and went swimming in Bolinas Lagoon. They had to swim out to retrieve the buck!!! Stuff of legend to this day....
 

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