Local teachers learn about archery

TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Middle School hosted a National Archery in the Schools Program training session at the Community Building recently.

Teachers Kathy Tubbs, Todd Mitchell and Jim Marshall along with teachers from Schroon Lake, Wells, Peru and Saranac Lake districts were trained by Melissa Bailey to become certified instructors in their respective classrooms.

Mike Sharp and Lee Silvernail represented Schroon Lake.

Bailey is employed be the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and is the NASP coordinator.

Participants in the program were instructed on proper range set-up and safety, steps to archery success, coaching techniques, and equipment operation, maintenance and repair.

The National Archery in the Schools Program was initially developed in Kentucky in 2001 for students in grades 4 - 12. New York State implemented the program in January of 2008 and is now the 44th state involved in the program.

The program usually covers a two-week course taught in physical education classes and covers content such as archery history, safety, techniques, mental concentration and self-improvement.

Although normally taught in PE classes, Ti Middle School officials hope to start an after school archery club once resources are obtained for the equipment.

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