Local non-profit organization Southern Iowa Whitetails (SIW) and the Appanoose County Conservation Board are joining forces to help bring the National Archery In the Schools Program (NASP) to Appanoose County. SIW generously donated $2,500 for the complete startup kit to the Appanoose County Conservation Board to act as the distribution point for all county schools who wish to have the NASP as part of their schools physical education curriculum. The kit includes: 12 Matthews Genesis Youth Bows, 5 80cm FITA style targets and target stands, one safety backstop net, five dozen full length aluminum arrows, one bow hanger, and one equipment repair package.

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a joint venture between state Departments of Education and Wildlife. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. The program promotes student education and participation in the life long sport of Archery. The program's focus is to provide International style target archery training in physical education classes, for grades 4-12.

There will be a Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training in Appanoose County for anyone wishing to become certified.

Area PE instructors are encouraged to attend this one day class in order to be able to have the NASP in their schools, and use the Appanoose County Conservation Board’s equipment absolutely free.

The certification will be held April 10 at the Moravia High School Gymnasium. Anyone wishing to attend MUST fill out an application form and send to Ben Berka, Shooting Sports coordinator with the Iowa DNR. Applications can be printed from the IDNR’s Iowa Archery in the Schools website at HYPERLINK "http://www.iowadnr.com/law/shootingsports/ais.html" http://www.iowadnr.com/law/shootingsports/ais.html or by calling Marty Muir at the Appanoose County Conservation Board at 856-8528. If interested act today as typically training classes are limited to 10-15 people. If you’d like more information or have any questions about the Archery in the Schools program please contact Ben Berka at 515-281-0140 or locally Marty Muir at 641-856-8528.

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