VARDEN – Students in the Western Wayne Middle School can take advantage of a new program thanks to a donation from a local organization.

The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) donated $1,590 to the school for archery supplies.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) also provided a grant of $1,500.

These donations allow the middle school to take part in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), a program intended to promote education and an interest in archery.

“It's nice to work with someone in the community to get archery equipment for our students,” said Kristen Donohue, principal of the Western Wayne Middle School. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity and are grateful for the donations.”

The program is a collaborative effort through various organizations including state departments of education, state fish and wildlife agencies and archery organizations and equipment manufacturers.

According to the PGC, the program was introduced in Pennsylvania in 2005. Currently, more than 100 schools across the state take part.

Nationwide, more than 10,000 schools have adopted the program.

The NASP is taught in graders four through 12.

“The Western Wayne School District is the first school in Wayne County to implement the Archery in the Schools Program,” said Kevin Urian, board member of the local NWTF. “This program, which is administered by the nonprofit NASP, Inc., provides international-style target archery training through a standard education package that can be directly incorporated into the school's physical education or other curriculum.”

Gym teachers Jack Majdic and Sharon Giombetti will be teaching the students archery. Several staff members will also be trained to teach the sport.

“It's a very controlled activity,” said Giombetti. “It's nice to train students and introducing them to a lifelong sport.”

Archery was already implemented in the school, but the equipment was getting old.

“It's something all of the students enjoy doing,” said Majdic. “They love coming to class and participating in archery.”

He added students also learn about safety and how to follow instructions.

For more information on the NASP visit www.naspschools.org.