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New Archery Program at Cannonsburg Receives Generous Donation

Angela Barber, 3rd grade teacher at Cannonsburg Elementary School, hoped to initiate the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) at Cannonsburg. However, she knew it would be a daunting task to raise the needed funds to make it a reality.

The cost of the basic archery kit, which includes 12 bows, 5 targets, a net, and 2 boxes of arrows, is $3,200. These are the basic elements needed to get a program started.

Angela contacted the Conservation, Hunting, Angling, and Shooting Education Foundation (C.H.A.S.E.) to see if they could help initiate the program at Cannonsburg and jumpstart her fundraising efforts. The C.H.A.S.E Foundation is a local organization which promotes outdoor activities by supporting local programs including the existing NASP in Boyd and Lawrence Counties. Mrs. Barber was aware of their generosity from their previous support of the NASP archery programs at Boyd County High and Boyd County Middle. Her daughters both participate in the archery program in the Boyd County system.

Mrs. Barber was asked to volunteer at the C.H.A.S.E Foundation’s annual Golf Scramble at Eagle Ridge Golf Course at Yatesville State Park. Proceeds from the Scramble go directly to the NASP programs in the area. To her surprise, at the end of the day she was presented with the entire basic archery kit to start the program at Cannonsburg Elementary. Mr. Howard K. Osborne, Superintendent of Boyd County Schools, and Jon Stevens, Principal at Cannonsburg Elementary, were on hand for the presentation by the president of the C.H.A.S.E. Foundation, Ed Kegley.

Boyd County Schools already have active participants from the high school and middle school, Summit,Ponderosa, and Catlettsburg Elementary schools and look forward to increasing the number of archery students with the Cannonsburg program. The district is very thankful to the C.H.A.S.E. Foundation for their generosity in helping to expand the NASP in Boyd County.

Archery practice will begin in September and teams will participate in a regional competition in February, a state competition in March or April and a national competition in May of next year.

 Pictured above, left to right:  Jon Stevens, Cannonsburg Elementary Principal, Angela Barber, Cannonsburg Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Ed Kegley, President of C.H.A.S.E Foundation, and Howard K. Osborne, Superintendent of Boyd County Public Schools.

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