This Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 we went to the NRA Youth Day at Birchwood Recreation & Shooting Park.
NRA Youth Day is about kids getting to try out lots of different things like air pistols, rifles, slingshots, and archery. Also, to learn safety information about all these things.
At the beginning of the day, we met Marie Murdock. She helped coordinate the 8-11-year-olds.
We decided to go to the archery place next. We took some pictures and interviewed two people, Michael Sinenko and Julia Anderson. They both had been to the Youth Day before and both of them were having fun.
Marie introduced us to Kessler Kroeker who is the Coordinator for the 8-11-year-old group. He told us he liked to help because he used to come to youth day when he was a kid.
We talked to Joey Pavia-Jones who has fun volunteering at NRA Youth Day. She was the instructor at the orienteering station.
Then we went to the slingshot range. We took more pictures and talked to the man who was the Range Safety Officer. His name is Murdock.
We had a BBQ picnic lunch.
After lunch, everyone went and sat in the bleachers at the trap field. The SWAT team (Special Weapons and Tactical) did a demonstration. They took a door and put explosive tape on it. Then they threw smoke bombs and did a breach. It was loud and the ground shook and the car alarms went off.
There were also machine guns. Also, loud.
Then we went and talked to the SWAT team. We got to look in their truck, called a BEAR. Officer Matt Barth showed us cool gadgets and tools.
We talked to an EMT from Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue. His name was Lt. Isaac Serafin. He was having, “Tons of fun.”
The last thing we did was talk to Brian Vanderwood who is the President of the AYSSA (Alaska Youth Shooting Sports Association). He told us how many kids were there (367) and how many volunteers (215) and how much money they have to collect from donors to have the event (about $15,000).
By Hazel Wotring
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