Ozarks teachers can attend free classes to learn archery

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Area school teachers in the Ozarks who are interested in becoming archery instructors at their schools will have two opportunities to receive training in September, once in Joplin on Sept. 19 and 21, and again in Springfield on Sept. 22.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) basic archery instructor training class at Missouri Southern State University’s Leggett & Platt Athletic Center from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 19. The Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is located at 3950 E. Newman. Teachers must attend both sessions and successfully complete a written exam to receive instructor certification. Participants should bring a sack lunch, snacks, and are advised to dress comfortably. No open-toed shoes.

A student archer scores her target as she learns the skills of archery offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

A student archer scores her target as she learns the skills of archery offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

MDC will offer another basic archery instructor training class on Sept. 22 at the O’Reilly-Tefft Gym in Springfield. This one-day event will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The O’Reilly-Tefft Gym is located at 1408 E. Pythian Ave.

These free training classes are meant for teachers interested in incorporating MoNASP instruction into their school’s curriculum. Individuals can register for either class at naspbai.org.

Basic archery instructor training is required for schools to participate in MoNASP and to qualify for related grant money. MoNASP programs must be a part of a school’s curriculum for at least two weeks to qualify that school for regional, state, national and international NASP competitions.

MoNASP is the Missouri branch of NASP, a national program that uses archery to boost students’ physical dexterity and self-confidence. Participants also learn an activity they can enjoy for the rest of their lives in the form of recreational target shooting or bow hunting. People can get more information about upcoming MoNASP events in southwest Missouri by e-mailing Greg.Collier@mdc.mo.gov at MDC’s Southwest Regional Office in Springfield or Andrew.Rhodes@mdc.mo.gov at MDC’s Joplin Office. MoNASP information can also be found at mdc.mo.gov.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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