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Archery popular unit for gym classes

Students in Harwood and Horace elementary schools have been learning archery skills during physical education classes this spring. Each of the two schools recently acquired archery kits, including 12 compound bows, five targets, five dozen arrows, a safety net, and an equipment repair kit. The purchase of the archery equipment was made possible through a series of grants.

Money for Harwood's archery kit was allocated through grants from Whitetails Unlimited and North Dakota Game and Fish, with the Harwood PTO picking up the remaining balance. In Horace, the archery equipment was funded by a grant from Whitetails Unlimited and a matching grant from the Center for 4-H Development.

According to Stacy Adamson, physical education instructor at Harwood Elementary, the archery unit has been a huge success and a favorite among her students. "They just love it," Adamson said. She estimated that about 50 percent of her students had already been exposed to archery through Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, or other community organizations.

Chris Haugen, the physical education instructor at Horace Elementary School, and Adamson at Harwood, have added the three week unit of archery to their curriculum to help teach proper safety techniques and provide students with skills they can enjoy for life.