From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- The next DNR training for the West Virginia Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program will be July 13-14 at a Cabela’s Store near Wheeling, according to Jerry Westfall, DNR’s AIS program coordinator.
“The support we have received from Cabela’s for the AIS Program over the years has been tremendous,” Westfall said. “It’s hard to think of a better facility to host an AIS training, especially for teachers in the northern part of the state. This training is especially important because it’s being announced before the end of the school year giving teachers one last opportunity to consult with their school about AIS training registration before school closes.”
The AIS Program is the DNR’s largest and fastest growing educational program. Since its inception in 2004, more than 40,000 students have been introduced to archery as part of their physical education classes in 219 West Virginia schools.
The program teaches Olympic-style, target archery in both public and private school grade 4-12 PE classes. “In order for schools to have the AIS Program, they must first have a certified instructor, preferably a PE instructor or coach who will introduce as many kids as possible to the joys of target archery,” Westfall explained. “The DNR only has about four trainings per year and because class size is limited to 25, training slots are highly sought after. As an added incentive, teachers taking this training may be eligible to receive Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).”
“Cabela’s is once again looking forward to hosting this training and being part of this nationally recognized program,” said Matt Leary, Cabela’s department manager. “Cabela’s West Virginia store was the first in the nation to host a similar training, and we are excited to continue to be a part of this very successful program. A lot of credit needs to be given to local officials and the DNR for bringing this training back to our store. However, it’s about the kids, and I’m excited to get youth involved in an activity they can enjoy for a lifetime.”
The training will cost $25 for all school employees and $50 for non-school employees. This fee will be paid to WV DNR – Archery in the Schools Program via check, money order, or exact currency only during the first morning of the training.
To register for the AIS training at Cabela’s, please call Billie Shearer at (304)558-2771 or send an e-mail to Billie.J.Shearer@wv.gov. For more information on the AIS Program, you can visit the DNR’s AIS website at www.wvdnr.gov/archery or call DNR’s AIS Program Coordinator Jerry Westfall at (304) 558-2771 or send an e-mail to Jerry.A.Westfall@wv.gov.