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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: November 28, 2011

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Krista Snodgrass, Wildlife Resources Section 304-558-2771 Krista.R.Snodgrass@wv.gov


Cacapon Resort State Park to host Training for West Virginia’s Archery in the Schools Program February 22 - 23

(Registration Deadline February 1)

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The next training session for instructors of the West Virginia Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program has been scheduled for Feb. 22 - 23 at Cacapon Resort State Park, according to Krista Snodgrass, Program Coordinator. The training will be hosted by the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).

            “We are very excited to be holding our next training at Cacapon in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle,” said Snodgrass.  “When possible, we like to provide trainings at our state parks and Cacapon is a perfect venue for PE teachers, coaches, and others wanting to get their school involved in the AIS Program.”

            The AIS Program has become the DNR’s largest-growing educational program. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 60,000 students have been introduced to archery as part of their physical education (PE) classes in 238 West Virginia schools. The program teaches Olympic-style, target archery in both public and private schools Grades 4 through 12.

            “In order for schools to participate in 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 only has about four trainings a 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 (CEH’s) provided they submit their paperwork to their principal before the end of the school year.” 

            To ensure a training slot, anyone interested in getting their school involved in the program is encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  The deadline to register is Feb. 1.  This training will cost $25 for all school employees and $50 for non-school employees.  This fee will be paid to WVDNR – 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 Cacapon Resort State Park, please call Krista Snodgrass at 304-558-2771; email Krista.R.Snodgrass@wv.gov  for information on the AIS Program, or visit the DNR’s AIS website at www.wvdnr.gov/archery. For more information on Cacapon Resort State Park, go to http://www.cacaponresort.com.

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