Caledonia Senior Secondary student Tom Netzel teaches Parker Wright the archery basics  during a money raising initiative at the Whisky Jack Archery club.

Caledonia Senior Secondary student Tom Netzel teaches Parker Wright the archery basics during a money raising initiative at the Whisky Jack Archery club.

Students teach archery skills

Caledonia Senior Secondary students raise money for their recreation class.

THE RECREATION class from Caledonia Senior Secondary hosted an archery event Feb 26.

Members of the public were invited out to the Whisky Jack Archers club at the Thornhill community centre to purchase a lesson in archery from the students.

A total of $480 was raised by charging individuals $10, and families $20, to get an introduction in archery as well as chance to let loose a few arrows.

It was a good experience for us and for the community,” said rec teacher Ben Mattheis. “I was very happy to see the little kids come and have fun.”

He said the money raised from the event will pay for two targets, miscellaneous tools

for repairing bows and two more visits to the archery club for the students.

He adds students did a great job of running the event and that the class hopes to run another archery training day again this spring.

The training set up was in accordance to the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), which involves a higher level of safety procedures to protect students.

The NASP program was put in to place by Mattheis in cooperation with Dr. Jaco Fourie of the Whisky Jack Archers club earlier this fall.

The program now has its bows, arrows, equipment and is up and running.

Next Mattheis and his class are looking to raise money to pay for a student climbing wall.

The wall they are looking to build would be a 9 feet by 16 feet bouldering wall complete with crash mats and a curtain.