South Charleston, W.Va. – The next West Virginia Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program instructor training session will be Nov. 29 – 30 at the Gander Mountain Store in South Charleston, according to Krista Snodgrass, AIS program coordinator for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The registration deadline is Nov. 11.

The AIS Program is the DNR’s largest and fastest growing educational program. Since its inception in 2004, approximately 60,000 students have been introduced to archery as part of their physical education (PE) classes in 248 West Virginia schools. The program teaches Olympic-style target archery in both public and private schools’ 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,” said Snodgrass. “The DNR offers about four trainings a year; and, because class size is limited to 25, training slots are highly sought after. To ensure a training slot, we encourage PE teachers and coaches to apply as soon as possible.”

As an added incentive, teachers taking this training may be eligible to receive Continuing Education Hours.

This 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” by check, money order, or exact currency during the first morning of the training.

To register for the AIS training at the Gander Mountain Store in South Charleston please call Krista Snodgrass at 304-558-2771; Krista.R.Snodgrass@wv.gov

For general information on the AIS Program, visit the DNR’s AIS website at www.wvdnr.gov/archery.

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