By Lars Dalseide | January 8 2011 14:37

The The Newton Kansan ran a story on 4-H shooting programs and grants from the NRA:

Friends of NRA Shooting sports offers safe firearms classes

NEWTON — Each year in the fall, we teach a basic shooting sports class for beginners. The 4-H members learn about gun safety using an air rifle or BB gun. The 4-H members then participate in weekly classes for 10 weeks and practice what they have learned. This is the first of many opportunities in the 4-H shooting sports project. The youth who are interested in target shooting move up to air pistols. We have youth who compete in competitions all winter long with their shooting sports projects.

Our 4-H Shooting Sports program is coordinated by Gail Lanier. All of our instructors attend a mandatory state training where they learn about teaching kids, and they learn about the area they want to teach. Our BB gun instructors are Manuel Camacho, Gary Lanier, Larry Church and Kevin Duerksen. Our junior instructors are Nathan Lanier and Jacob Duerksen. Whitney Lanier is a junior leader volunteer for the project.

In late spring, we will start our 4-H archery project, and the instructor for that is Virgina Jury. Our retiring instructor is Eric Wenger, and we have new parents planning on attending the state training to be certified to assist in the archery area. In early summer, we will start the shotgun project, and the youth will shoot traps at a local trap range. So, there are lots of opportunities in the 4-H shooting sports areas.

It takes a lot of money to purchase the pellet guns, shot guns, bows and supplies needed to teach shooting sports. Here in Harvey County, I have been very fortunate to have excellent volunteers to teach the program. I also have another partner who helps me provide the supplies we need for the program. It is our local Harvey County NRA and National Rifle Association. The Harvey County NRA hosts a banquet for their members and guests. At this banquet, members raise funds to give to organizations like 4-H.

We have been very blessed to be a recipient of funds from the NRA.

Read the full article here.

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