Two local organizations have contributed funds to help offset the cost cuts of the Floyd Dryden Middle School and Dzantik’i Heeni activities budgets.
The Juneau Youth Wrestling Club Tornadoes have donated $4,000 to help cover the costs associated with the Eagles wrestling team, including coaches and the left over will go to various tournament costs such as referees and trophies.
“We don’t want the school programs to die,” A Tornadoes spokesperson said. “There is lots of talk about clubs taking over programs but clubs are only as good as the board members that head them up and kids grow up and leave clubs.”
The Alaska Outdoor Council, a consortium of groups according to FDMS principal Tom Milliron, has donated two checks, one each for the FDMS and DZMS competitive air rifle programs.
Each check was in the amount of $2,810 for the 2013-14 shooting season.
According to an email from JSSF Secretary Tom Boutin the payments cover teacher stipends, shooter travel and supplies. These are continuing programs so training for the teachers to become National Rifle Association Certified Rifle Instructors as well as the shooting equipment was paid for in the past.
Two other Southeast schools are expected to start up competitive air rifle programs during the coming year, and funding for purchase of equipment and teacher training was sponsored in the capital budget of the 28th Alaska Legislature in 2013 by Representative Cathy Munoz.
Needed ongoing upgrades and improvements to the Juneau Hunter Education Facility, on Montana Creek Road, have been funded in the very same way.
The Southeast middle school rifle meet in February will include middle school teams from FD, DZ, Hoonah and Haines.