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Bass Pro Shops plans to bring one extracurricular activity to schools across the nation, starting right here in the Ozarks. On Wednesday, the store finalized plans to help promote archery among schoolchildren. KSMU's Benjamin Fry reports.
Learning archery can help kids become a straight shooters in more ways than one.
And Bass Pro Shops hopes to bring this sport to several Missouri schools.
The store has cemented plans to participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program, or NASP.
Martin McDonald is the Bass Pro Director of Community Relations.
He says the store has seen the NASP bloom since its start in 2002.
The NASP provides archery curriculum, equipment, and teacher training to schools across the nation.
As part of this program, Bass Pro will work with the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Mcdonald says Bass Pro's five locations across Missouri will each choose 3 local schools and donate 1000 dollars of archery equipment to each school.
Each location will also host an after-school archery club.
To mark the occasion, students from Crane and Willard Middle Schools were invited to demonstrate their marksmanship.
Amy Francka is a PE teacher at Willard.
She says this is the first year archery is an option at the school and that it has improved morale.
Ninth grader Marika Garrison was one of Frantzkuh's students.
She plans to make archery a lifelong hobby.
Reminding us that with a little hard work and confidence, it's easy to be on target.
For KSMU news, I'm Benjamin Fry