Rocky Heights aims to achieve through archery
HIGHLANDS RANCH – A group Rocky Heights Middle School students have formed an afterschool archery club under the guidance of Rocky Heights Middle School teachers Rodney Graham and David Calloway.
With grants from Easton, an athletic equipment company, the school was able to outfit the club with all the necessary equipment that range from bows and arrows to targets and all other protective gear.
The main goal of the club is to engage students in an Olympics style activity that also has lessons that can be taken into the classroom as well.
“We’re always trying to teach. The great thing about archery is that it just leads to focus and staying focused on things, “ says Archery Coach Rodney Graham.
“You get to hang out with friends, but you’re also included in the sport at all times. You also learn other things like a string has potential energy or kinetic energy and when the arrow hits it has elastic energy,” added 8th grade archer Carter Pasqualini.
“You have to pay attention more and that will help you in your other classes, to pay attention and to listen to every single detail,” concluded 8th grader Reggie Gaglione.
Coaches say that archery no only helps the students learn lessons beyond the archery range, but that it helps them with collaboration and problem solving also.
“It’s a bonding thing, they’ll have friendships out of this, they have the opportunity to take their archery to the next level and it’s going to be a part of their lives forever, at least that’s what our hope is,” says Coach Graham.