No sooner did one youth archery program wrap up before another began.
Julia Randall Elementary School physical education teacher Donna Moore ended her Archery in Schools course last week with a final shoot-out.
Meanwhile, over at the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, recreation specialists there are picking up the marksmanship scene with an after-school archery program offered in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
This year, however, the series is a victim of recent town budget cuts and activities will be scaled down from last fall.
“We don’t have money for instructors, so we are relying on volunteers only,” said Mary McMullen the outdoors and trails coordinator for the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.
Volunteers can be hard to come by because they must be certified archery instructors.
McMullen has been able to round up two teachers to help — Denny Harger and Ken Crump.
“But we can only take 10 (students) in the program and we already have two,” McMullen said. “Those interested should sign up soon.”
The registration fee is $30 and parents may sign up their children at the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park. Registration closes Sept. 3.
The course is open to youths in fourth- through 12th-grades.
It meets from 4 to 5 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday from Sept. 9 to Sept. 30.
This year, the program moves from the Jim Jones Shooting Range at Tonto Rim Sports Club to JRE school where Moore has erected an “archery curtain” that allows for indoor shooting.
In the Archery In Schools final competition which Moore recently held, Trace Rickey shot his way to a first-place finish scoring 34 out of a possible 40 points.
Only one point off Rickey’s pace was runner-up Jason Daniels. Trey Glasscock scored 32 points to take third.
For more information about the P&R’s upcoming program, call McMullen at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.