The Kodiak 4-H club, in partnership
with the Kodiak Island Borough School District,
is attempting to establish an island-wide shooting program in Kodiak
Island village schools. Recently, the school district and the 4-H
club asked for the borough's help in funding more air rifles for each village
The shooting program would include a
basic rifle course at the beginning of each school year and a 10-week match
between the villages later in the year. Instructors are needed for the program,
and 4-H is hoping to train two for each village and will approach different
organizations for financial support. The district and 4-H have already managed
to secure grant funding for two rifles per village and are planning to ask the
borough to fund the cost of two more rifles for each, the number it feels it
needs to carry out the type of program it envisions. School Superintendant
Stewart McDonald said the project is already in motion.
-- (McDonald 1 17 sec. "Our
villages came together ... go along with the program.")
Hodel, a leader with 4-H's horseback riding program, described the shooting
program as exceedingly safe. She said in fact that it has a better safety
record than the club's horse program. She also said it's one of many 4-H
programs teaching children a variety of skills.
1 40 sec. "4-H is more than just ... University
of Alaska's backing.")
Borough finance director
Karl Short, who is also a leader in 4-H's shooting sports program, said the air
rifles the district is requesting the borough to fund are high quality and
therefore not without a significant price tag.
1 19 sec. "We started working on this ... so
that would be our request.")
said Kodiak High School already has a shooting
program and has for several years. He said the program in the
village schools would be similar but would also necessarily include differences.
2 29 sec. "Where they shoot the target ... just
not in the rural sites.")
All of the
island's village schools would be included in the program. Assemblywoman Pat Branson asked 4-H and the school district to
present a detailed, formal application request for the roughly 5-thousand dollars
in funding it would require, much like other non-profit agencies are required
to do. Those interested in being instructors, participants or providing
financial support for the shooting program are asked to contact Karl Short.