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State Archery Program for Louisiana Schools

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Archery in Louisiana Schools program is designed to introduce students across the state to the sport of archery.

"The program has been around in Louisiana since 2005. It's really started to pick up in popularity and more and more schools are getting more and more interested in it," said Robert Stroede, ALAS Organizer. 

The program is already a hit at local schools like Poland Junior High.

"The excitement booms from the first day of school. Miss G. when are we having archery? When are we having archery? That could be from P. E. or the after school archery because if they're not interested in basketball or the other sports or maybe they're not that athletic child, archery might be the sport for them," said Gina Gilchrist, Poland Junior High P. E. teacher.

If you've never shot a bow and arrow before there's no need to quiver. This program will get you right on target.

"The great thing about this program and really the great thing about archery is, it's a life sport and it doesn't discriminate, whether it's age or gender or race or background. As long as one of the students can pull the bow back, that's all it takes for them to be successful," explained Stroede.

While beginners and even bow hunters are welcome -- some archers compete in tournaments and have their sights set on even higher ambitions.

"I'm involved in archery because I want to go to the Olympics when I'm older and shoot in archery and I've been doing it since fourth grade and it's really fun," said Linsey Belgard, P.J.H. student.

"Well I did it at 4H camp and it seemed really fun and then when I heard they had it here it just like, I just connect with archery because it's like really fun for me," said Rachael Hay, another P.J.H. student."

The program falls under a school's P.E. curriculum and it calls for every student to get a chance to participate.

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