Founded in 1984, The National Circus Project is an organization with a mission to introduce the circus arts to students all over the U.S. It has been presenting circus programs in schools, summer camps and facilities throughout the northeastern part of the country for the past 25 years.
Teaching circus arts is not something new at Cooperstown Elementary, however. Herzig said she brought the idea with her when she joined the staff 21 years ago.
“We do an entire unit each year,” she said. “We do some things with kindergarten, first- and second-graders, but we really start things up when students reach the third-grade. They continue through middle and high school.”
The goal is to encourage more in-depth exploration into the circus arts, Herzig said.
“Circus arts are a wonderful avenue for non-traditional sports,” she said. “It also helps kids to learn to develop avenues in the non-traditional sports areas. It encourages balance, it encourages coordination, including hand-eye-coordination, it encourages kids to be able to explore talents that they were unaware of.”