Sussex County Charter School Students Learn Archery While Earning Grants

The 225 middle school students at the Sussex County Charter School for Technology (SCCST) have been actively engaged in learning about archery this school year. Because of the students’ efforts to embrace the subject, five grants have been awarded to the innovative public school totaling nearly $3,000 in funding for future archery programs and equipment.

The grants were awarded by the New Jersey Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD), New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, The Appalachian Bowman’s Club of Sussex County, United Bow Hunters of New Jersey and the Traditional Archers of New Jersey.

“We are so grateful to these generous organizations, the local community and our Parent Teacher Organization for supporting our efforts to teach students about the fundamentals of archery in our physical education classes,” said Elise Tooker, physical education teacher at the Sussex County Charter School. “We are extremely excited to have our very own equipment at the school so students can enjoy archery throughout the school year.”

In addition to learning the fundamentals of archery throughout November, students were also invited to a tournament on November 25 to determine who will compete at the National Archery in the Schools Program, which is a statewide competition hosted in the Spring. The SCCST team will consist of 17 members.

“Archery provides us with the ability to connect students to health, physics, nature and athletics all at once,” said Tooker. “Archery has become a very popular sport among our middle school students, which has made Physical Education an exciting class where students can learn to develop their skills and passion for the sport.”

The Sussex County Charter School for Technology is a public school where local residents can chooses to send their students at no cost and with no admissions test. The school is aligned with Common Core State Standards and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, serving middle school students in the county and surrounding areas. The school’s focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math promotes active learning and embraces multiple learning needs and styles in a challenging environment. The interactive learning community encourages every student to grow academically, socially and emotionally into responsible individuals who are ready to make a successful transition into high school and beyond.