The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 15, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points column: Raising money for youth archers

"Aim high and let her fly."

As a kick-starter for the Mifflinburg Area schools to become part of the National Archery in the Schools Program, a fundraiser will be held this Saturday on the Buffalo Valley Sportsmen Association's grounds. The aim of this event is to raise the initial $1,500 or so as a community contribution to this very worthy program.

I've written about the National Archery in the Schools Program in past articles. This great program has been in existence for about a decade and has grown to nearly a quarter million youth archers across the country. Some of the benefits that students get from this type of program are improved self-confidence, better study habits, team building skills and the development of physical ability that doesn't rely exclusively upon speed, strength, size or mobility.

To start up a program like this in a school it requires about $6,000 in equipment and safety kits. This cost is partially covered by generous archery manufacturers and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. A community contribution toward this cost shows that local archers, sportsmen, sportswomen and local citizens are invested in the program's success. The Buffalo Valley Sportsmen is once again demonstrating its support and encouragement of young people by hosting this 3-D and 30-target field shoot that will run from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Shooters are asked to pay $15 per person. Target sponsorships are available and they are a nice way for businesses to advertise. Each sponsor gets up to four free shooters. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and door prizes will be given out during Saturday's family-oriented event.

Several Mifflinburg Area physical education teachers have earned their certification to run the National Archery in the Schools Program and they're hoping to have it up and running this fall. If you need more information or want to know how to make your contribution contact Ron Cohen at 570-274-2421.

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