May 6, 2013
One Greene County school is taking aim at a new activity.
Ruckersville Elementary is trading jump ropes and basketballs for bows and arrows.
"Archery so far has been pretty fun," fifth-grader Caleb Sims said.
Monday marked the second day the fifth-grade students at the school took part in an archery class, which has just been added to the physical education curriculum.
"Archery was a great opportunity for us," physical education teacher Brett Maynard said. "It's something anybody could do at any walk of their life."
So Maynard wanted to bring archery into his students' lives.
"When we come here, we know that we're going to do archery, and we're all fired up and excited," fifth-grader Joseph Flynn said.
"At the very beginning, it's difficult for a lot of them," Maynard said. "And they can see themselves improve in a very quick way."
Maynard has been trained to be a basic archery instructor through the National Archery in the Schools Program. NASP provided Ruckersville Elementary with the equipment, and Maynard has been teaching students the ins and outs.
At the end of the day, Maynard said it's not just about the archery skills the kids are learning in the classroom. It's about the discipline they're able to carry on in life.
"Just learning that structure and repetition can go a long way for our students," Maynard said. "Doing that throughout the lives, because being able to structure yourself and repeat something goes a long way."
Plus, in the same vane, the kids are having fun and welcome a new challenge.
"It's fun and it's kind of different from what we have done in the past," fifth-grader Sidney Dean said.
Once the kids get the basics down, Maynard said they'll begin more competitions and games.
"I've seen a lot of improvement already," he said. "I couldn't be prouder of how they've improved already."