Troy Middle School will add the archery unit to existing Physical Education (PE) curriculum beginning in the spring of 2013. The school district has partnered with National Archery in Schools (NASP) program to provide archery as an alternative sport to more traditional activities currently offered in school. TMS sixth grade PE teachers have received training and certification as archery instructors through NASP. There are plans to expand the archery curriculum into the high school.
The curriculum provided by NASP will ensure a consistent and safe foundation to archery fundamentals instruction in classrooms. By partnering with NASP, schools are provided discount prices on all archery equipment needed for classroom use. The program may inspire other avenues for student recreation and competition. Missouri currently has regional and state competitions on an annual basis.
Donald Thompson Jr. and members of Donald Thompson Foundation gave a generous donation to the Lincoln County R-III Archery in Schools program. Start-up costs for each school building is around $3000 and the donation will go a long way toward purchasing Mathews compound bows, targets and arrows.