Hello Franklin High School Students,
You may remember the previous articles about the archery program attached to eco club coming to our school through the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). Since then, great progress has been made in the establishment of the program.
- New equipment
- Since the last update, the archery program has obtained a set of Original Genesis Bows through NASP. These bows feature a 35 ½” axle-to-axle length and a 7 ⅝” brace height. The draw weight is adjustable for easier drawback, with weights between 10-20 pounds. The draw length has a range of 15-30 inches, and the bow itself is a light 3.5 lb. This bow is ideal for new archers, as it has an light draw weight, it’s easy to shoot, and it doesn’t have a specific draw length, so younger archers can’t outgrow the bows.
- The program has also obtained targets, storage equipment, and, of course, arrows. This equipment was also obtained through NASP, and is up to the same high-quality standards of the bows. The targets are large rectangular blocks that stand freely on the ground, unlike the ones currently used by the school.
- All of this equipment is brand new and unused, so this year’s participants will be the first to train with them.
- As some of you may already know, there have been numerous attempts to arrange for the program to use the cafeteria or gym for practice after school. These attempts, however, have unfortunately been largely unsuccessful. In fact is up until last week the program was struggling to find a place to shoot. However, thanks to the generosity of the Milwaukee County Sports Complex (or Mr. Gain’s extraordinary negotiating skills), the team has a place to practice for future competitions, which will hopefully be coming soon as part of the program. That’s right! The Milwaukee County Sports Complex has agreed to let shooters use a section of their gym for a very affordable price (that doesn’t have to be paid by students). This facility is highly suitable for use during winter months as it is both spacious and heated without any obstacles that would get in the way of a flying arrow. Significantly, this location is close to the highschool, and would allow for quick transportation to practices after school.
What to expect:
- As previously stated, there is a lot in the works for this new program, such as competitions with other schools, fundraisers, and valuable instruction in the use of a bow.
- One can also expect fun, new friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime.
- Whether you are an aspiring bowhunter, frantically trying to gain NHS service hours, or just looking for a place to hang out with/make new friends while shooting projectiles at targets faster than the speed of sound, archery club is suitable for you!
This long-awaited program continues to gain momentum for its first successful year. Thanks go out to the hard work of Mr. Gain and Mr. Cerpich, who have managed to make great advances for the program in the past year. I encourage all readers to check out this new program, as with enough participation it’ll surely be a great success.
That’s all for now folks, but you can expect more updates on the growing program in the coming weeks. Thanks for reading!