Missouri's National Archery in the School Program (NASP) will be introduced to students in grades 4-12 at Macon R-1 this school year. The NASP started when Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) Commissioner, Tom Bennett wanted to find a way to reach the youth of the state and get them outdoors. The KDFWR hosted an event to introduce the Kentucky Department of Education to the sport of archery. The Department of Education liked the event and agreed to start it in middle school PE classes.
Since the NASP began in 2002 over 10 million youth have participated from more than 10,000 schools, including 47 states and 5 countries. Archery allows every participant to succeed and enjoy the sport. Statistics show that school archery programs improve school attendance, increase self-esteem, increase physical activity, appeals to all students, get kids outdoors, and can also become an after school activity.
The Long Branch Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited, in Macon, donated $3800 to help pay for equipment. Another $1500 will be obtained through reimbursable grants from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Thanks to these contributions there is no cost to the school. Whitetails Unlimited's money came from proceeds made at their banquet each year in Macon. The group is very supportive of shooting sports for local youth. This local chapter has invested thousands of dollars so local youth can have opportunities to participate in shooting programs including local 4-H, FFA, and Boy Scouts.
Other schools that have MoNASP in our area include Tri-County Christian, Kirksville, South Shelby, Monroe City, Knox County, Moberly, Cairo, and Bucklin. To learn more about NASP visit http://mdc.mo.gov or http://archeryintheschools.org. You can also find videos athttp://youtube.com . Anyone with questions can also contact Matt Bergfield, Macon County Conservation Agent by phone (573) 673-0009, or Rob Garver Outdoor Skills Specialist at email@example.com