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American Heritage Academy AD named Educator of Year

American Heritage Academy has selected American Heritage Academy’s Athletic Director/Shooting Sports Coordinator, Aaron Anderson, as its Educator of the Year. Here, Anderson works with student Joshua Saver on his rifle skills.

American Heritage Academy has selected American Heritage Academy’s Athletic Director/Shooting Sports Coordinator, Aaron Anderson, as its Educator of the Year. Here, Anderson works with student Joshua Saver on his rifle skills.

The Arizona Department of Game and Fish has selected American Heritage Academy's Athletic Director/Shooting Sports Coordinator, Aaron Anderson, as its Educator of the Year.

The selection was made for his contribution to wildlife through the classroom. AHA Cottonwood campus offers a firearms/ hunter education program, which includes shotgun, archery and hunter education classes.

The classes are sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Hunter Education Departments, Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), and the National Archery in Schools Program.

"Six years ago I brought the hunter education program and later the shotgun program to AHA. We have found these programs not only teach students a new sport but also survival skills, and how to handle firearms responsibly and safely. It is also a great confidence builder," said Aaron Anderson.

SCTP shotgun program is a competitive team-based program that uses the shotgun sports of trap, skeet, and sporting clays to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, self-confidence and other life values. SCTP was developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Every year, AHA students compete with other SCTP clubs at two shooting competitions in Ben Avery and three additional competitions in Tucson. Last year, AHA students came home with several 1st , 2nd and 3rd place medals.

Aaron also started the Hunter Education and Archery in Schools Program six years ago at AHA's Cottonwood and Camp Verde campuses. The Hunter Education class is an Arizona approved high school class that students may receive a half semester credit for. The class teaches firearm safety and hunting techniques. Aaron also added a marksmanship course to the hunter education program. In this course, students fire Avanti rifles in the schools gym. The Archery in Schools Program not only teaches students how to use a bow and arrow, but also the history, mathematics and psychomotor skills of archery. Currently there are 10 student in the shotgun class and 10 students in the hunter education class.

In addition, Arizona Game and Fish awarded AHA's 4th thru 6th grade students with a free Fishing in School Day event, which will include a day of instruction and a field trip to one of Dead Horse State Park fishing holes. Game and Fish will provide loaner fishing equipment, which includes fishing rods and tackle, to all students.

American Heritage Academy is a non-profit 501-C-3 public charter school that was founded in 1995. AHA promotes America's founding principles through a classical liberal arts education fostering personal greatness, community service, strong academic and leadership skills, while reaffirming hope in a caring environment. Small class sizes with a target ratio of 22 students per teacher enhances individualized learning. American Heritage Academy's Cottonwood campus is located at 2030 E. Cherry Street in Cottonwood. The Camp Verde campus is located at 132 General Cook Trail.

To learn more visit www.americanheritageacademy.org. Students are still being accepted at both campuses. To learn more call the Cottonwood K-12 campus at (928) 634-2144 or the Camp Verde K-8 campus at (928) 567-0462.

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