Archery Program Hits Its Mark
The popularity of an archery program at Meadowview Middle School in Sparta warrants another coach, the personnel and educational initiatives committee of the school board decided this week.
It recommended hiring a second coach for $359.
Middle school activities director Toby Oswald said between 30 and 40 students participate in the archery club twice per week before school. The group attends competitions in the winter and spring, including a large event held in March in conjunction with the Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Expo held at the school.
The Sparta Gridiron Booster Club hosts the expo, but Oswald indicated the archery club will be the chief organizers of the Sparta Classic archery shoot, as it has grown to more than 500 participants.
Mathews, Inc. is a major sponsor of the event, and a crucial partner for the archery club, which is part of the National Archery in the Schools Program.
“It’s a great partnership we have with Mathews,” said Oswald.
In other business, the committee heard a report about the district’s communications methods by Communications Coordinator Autumn Grooms.
In addition to promoting the district through the Sparta newspapers, it also utilizes several social media venues, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, as well as LinkedIn, for professional connections. It also publishes a blog.
The district revamped its website over the past few months. The website, www.spartan.org, is now more user-friendly and includes a search bar and a place for groups and organizations to submit their flyers, Grooms noted.