HAVERHILL — Kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill used to shoot BBs at turkey targets with hope of scoring enough points to win a frozen turkey for their family.
For purposes of safety, the club switched to Nerf guns several years ago, yet the kids still feel the same kind of excitement when blasting away at fixed images of a turkey taped to a wall.
In total, 30 members will be receiving frozen turkeys from the club, as well as the Haverhill Ridge Runners Fish and Game Club and Ocasio’s True Martial Arts in time for Thanksgiving.
For three nights in a row beginning Monday, club members line up by grade level to shoot at an image of a turkey with a bulls-eye and rings denoting points from 10 down to none.
“This is my first time doing this,” said Adrian Guerrero, 8, a third-grader at Silver Hill School. “If I win a turkey my parents will cook it for Thanksgiving.”
Club members from kindergarten through high school are given three chances to score as many points as they can, then the top scorers, by grade-level groupings, will compete in a championship round Friday.
Children in the kindergarten and grade 1 and 2 group chatted among themselves, eager to get their turn to shoot.
“I missed twice,” said Jollianny Eason, 7, a first-grader at Silver Hill School. “Then I shot a 10.”