Macon R-I Middle School students are finishing a unit on archery this week. Students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades participate in the program during their physical education classes.
"We started the instruction when the kids came back to school after Christmas break," said P.E. instructor Doug Hawkins. "We will be completing the unit this week with skills testing."
The students were taught to use safety and the proper form when shooting.
During class time, the students lined up with 10 arrows in their quiver to practice shooting at a target.
"By this time they should be able to hit the target with 8 out of 10 shots," said Hawkins.
"I like shooting," said student Callie Kaser. "I've done it before when I went to school at Tri-County Christian School."
Missouri's National Archery in the School Program (NASP) is being introduced this school year at Macon R-I to students in grades 4 through 12.
Long Branch Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited donated $3,800 to help pay for the equipment. Another $1,500 was obtained through reimbursable grants from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Through these donations the program was implemented with no cost to the district.
R-I teachers received training on proper instruction techniques at an in-service day last October.