The inaugural Town Parks and Recreation-sponsored after-school archery program is turning into an overwhelming success.
"We've received very positive feedback from folks, and it's going well," town Trails and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen said. "We've received comments that they would like an adult archery class next."
The first after-school class, which was for fourth- to seventh-graders, drew a full contingent of 10 students, and will wrap up this week.
"The next session is for eighth- to 12th-graders, and we still have some room," McMullen said.
The class begins April 22 and will meet 4 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at the Jim Jones Shooting Range, located south of Payson. The class ends May 22.
Instructors are Mary Wolf and Dennis Harger, who are both certified to teach the course by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The curriculum includes archery techniques, history, safety and equipment as well as mental concentration and self-improvement techniques. The fee to participate is $30.
The success of the program has McMullen planning its future.
"We will be offering the kids' program again in the fall, and probably will do a regular fall/spring offering from here on out," she said.
For more information, call McMullen at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.