Archive for Wednesday, June 21, 2000

NRA group gives $1,000 to school for hunter education coursework

June 21, 2000

Representatives of the Friends of the NRA have given $1,000 to the Tonganoxie Junior High School to help fund hunter education classes.

Tom Bowen, a Friends of the NRA member and the owner of Hodgdon Powder Co., Shawnee, presented the check to Richard Erickson, school superintendent.

Richard Reidel, coordinator of Tonganoxie's hunter safety program, said the classes help teach gun safety, wildlife identification and hunter responsibility and etiquette.

Steve Woolf, junior high principal, said these classes are valuable to the students.

"We can work with them at home to keep them away from guns," Woolf said. "But they're going to be out of our homes someday and we want them to know how behave responsibly and safely around guns."

Jeff Dickinson, chairman of the Leavenworth County Friends of the NRA, said this is the second year that the area group has raised money through charitable donations, banquets and auctions.

Half of the money raised stays in Kansas, and the other half goes to the Don't be a Victim women's safety program and to other educational purposes.

To assist in teaching, Fred Wenig, of Custom Gunstock, Lincoln, Mo., donated six gunstocks to be made into simulated firearms to be used in instruction and teaching.

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