From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section will host its third annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament at Summersville National Guard Armory on March 1.
"Since our pilot program began in the fall of 2004, there has been a tremendous amount of interest from schools around the state," said Frank Jezioro, director of West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
"From just a handful of participating schools the first year, we now have over 140 participating schools in the program. It is estimated approximately 30,000 students have gone through the Archery in the Schools Program in just four years, making it one of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section's largest and fastest growing educational programs."
More than 500 students from more than 30 West Virginia schools will participate in this year's tournament.
"We at the DNR are very encouraged about the success of the Archery in the Schools Program," said Jerry Westfall, program coordinator. "The program provides students an exciting activity, gives them a life-skill, and will possibly lead to future indoor or outdoor archery endeavors."
Tournament competition is open only to schools that have received archery training provided by the Wildlife Resources Section.
For more information on the West Virginia Archery in the Schools Program or to attend the next training, scheduled April 15 and 16 at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, go to www.wvdnr.gov.