Villa Grove school officials hear archery proposal
VILLA GROVE — Villa Grove may soon be joining the growing trend of school archery programs, if officials accept an offer by Dack Shearer to start a National Archery in the Schools program for fourth grade through high school.
Shearer, a board member of the local Whitetails Unlimited organization, presented the program to the school board and proposed that the program would be fully funded by Whitetails Unlimited fundraisers and a grant from the Department of National Resources. The DNR grant would pay for half of the startup equipment costs, which would include 10 new specially designed bows, targets and arrows.
"You will see this become one of the biggest programs in the school," Shearer said. "It explodes in every single school it touches." He said 35 Illinois schools have added archery programs in the last 7 years.
Board members were interested in exploring the program, but asked Shearer to prepare a more comprehensive financial plan to present at the next meeting. "We want to make sure it won't cost the school anything," said Board member Jim Clark.
Superintendent Mary Ann Manos said she would work with Shearer and get more information from schools already participating in the program.