Charles Henderson Middle School Archery Team Honored by Governor and State Board of Education

Members of the archery team at Charles Henderson Middle School (CHMS) in Troy, Alabama were presented a resolution today by the Alabama Board of Education during its annual meeting in Montgomery. The Board’s president, Gov. Bob Riley congratulated the CHMS team and coaches for winning first place overall in the 2007 State (National Archery in the Schools (NASP) Championship and second place in the national competition. The resolution was presented by Ella Bell, District 5 Board of Education member and State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton.

The NASP is a joint venture between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Alabama Department of Education promoting student education and participation in the lifelong sport of archery as part of a school’s physical education course and after school programs. Over 100 Alabama schools currently take part in the NASP, and that number continues to grow.

Many types of schools participate in the NASP. Charles Henderson Middle School is atypical of many Alabama schools. According to the Alabama Department of Education, over 50 percent of the school’s student body is eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Price Meals Program, a poverty-level indicator. Yet, in the areas of school attendance, academic achievement levels and safety and discipline, CHMS scores a perfect bullseye. The school achieves Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) – the success indicator of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2000 – annually.

Also attending today’s meeting with CHMS students were Troy City Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Felton-Smith, CHMS Principal Chresal Threadgill, and ADCNR Hunter Education Coordinators Ray Metzler and Marisa Lee-Sasser.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.