St. Augustine –– The NRA Foundation has awarded the St. Johns County 4-H a grant totaling $3,600 to fund archery equipment. “We are very excited about the St. Johns County 4-H Archery Program Target Improvement Project, “said Julia Kelly, “and pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community.”
Currently, St. Johns County 4-H includes an archery club, the 4-H Toxophily Club (love of the bow) which has 20 members ages 8-18. Youth come from all over St. Johns County and shoot at various ability levels. Some senior members have been with the club for more than four years. The club has been in existence since 2009. Kevin Kelly and Isabelle Pitcher are the volunteer club leaders. Kelly is a Level One 4-H Certified Trainer.
The club also has two additional certified volunteers who are also parents.
The St. Johns County 4-H program also sponsors a two-day summer day camp led by Kelly with assistance from Julia Kelly, 4-H agent. This past summer, the camp served 15 youth and included a presentation on primitive bow making by St. Johns County Naturalist, Ayolane Halusky. This is third year the camp has been offered and will be offered again in summer 2017. The camp is open to non-4-H youth residing in St. Johns County.
“The new targets allow our program continue to serve 4-H youth and perform outreach to potential St. Johns County 4-H’ers thorough day camp and workshops,” said Julia Kelly.
About the National Rifle Association: Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit nra.org.
About The NRA Foundation: Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shootings sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context. More information about The NRA Foundation can be found online at www.nrafoundation.org.
About Friends of NRA: Friends of NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement to organize and, with help from NRA field staff, plan community events for firearms enthusiasts. All net proceeds from Friends of NRA events are allocated to The NRA Foundation, the leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Through NRA Foundation grants for equipment, training materials, range improvements, and more, qualified local, state, and national programs receive aid to involve and inspire a new generation of competitive shooters. Learn more about Friends of NRA at www.friendsofnra.org.
Enrollment for the 4-H Youth Development Program takes place each September and is for youth ages 5-18, as of September 1st. Anyone interested in enrolling in the St. Johns County 4-H program for the 2015-2016 4-H year may do so by going to http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.shtml . Caring adults interested in working with youth should contact the St. Johns County 4-H Office (904 209-0430) to learn of the many volunteer opportunities within the 4-H Youth Development Program.