The Bowling Green chapter of the FFA was awarded a grant from the National Rifle Association (NRA) this spring.
The grant was for approximately $16,000 in equipment for the Trap Shooting team.
Matt Graves, FFA advisor and BGHS agriculture and science teacher, wrote the grant with the help of Stacie Smith, business teacher.
The NRA provided funds to purchase ten shotguns with cases, a trap thrower, a gun safe, and gun-cleaning materials.
This grant will provide opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to afford the shotgun to be on the FFA Trap Shooting team. It will provide them with a firearm, thus allowing more students to participate in a team sport that they have not been able to participate in up until now.
Being a member of this team gives students a chance to learn lifelong skills in marksmanship, firearm safety, and teamwork, leading to a generation more educated about firearms.
The grant will also allow to expansion of the BGMS exploratory Vocational Agriculture curriculum. Students will be able to learn about hunter safety and marksmanship. This will also extend firearm safety education into the middle school population.