Clarkston man rides 2,000 miles for archery program | Community Spirit
Long-time Clarkston archery volunteer, David Hudson, will begin a 2,810-mile bicycle ride along the Lewis and Clark Expedition Trail on May 14th. As part of his 70th birthday present to himself, he is raising money for the Clarkston School District's Archery Program.
Hudson, who is a long-time volunteer in the program, says every school in the district is participating and the students have been very successful. Last month, the Heights Elementary archery team placed 1st in the elementary division at the 2014 Washington NASP State Championship in Ellensburg and Grantham Elementary finished in 3rd place. Lincoln Middle School took 1st place in the middle school division; Heights Elementary placed 2nd out of 14 teams; Parkway Elementary placed 8th; Clarkston High School placed 2nd in the high school division.
In his work with students, he has been extremely impressed with the impact the Clarkston Archery program has on students, especially those who face certain challenges.
"It is difficult to describe some of the issues that kids face today, and how archery has been a success for them," Hudson says. "I have witnessed vast improvement in many students through their participation in the archery program, and so it is important to me to support this program and Clarkston's schools however I can."
The Lewis & Clark Expedition trail is 2,810 miles long and begins in St. Louis, Missouri. Hudson has already shipped his bicycle and equipment out and will leave next week to prepare for the trip. He will have a blog set up so that students and community members can follow his journey as he posts messages along the trail.
Donations are needed to replace very worn out equipment and to eventually help some of the students get to the national competition in Kentucky. Money can be dropped off or mailed to the Clarkston School District, PO Box 70, Clarkston, Washington. Donations can also be dropped off at school offices. Designate that the money goes to the Archery Program.