We are proud to offer archery at Ferdinand Elementary to our 4th grader students through the Indiana National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).
The objective of NASP is to engage more students in the educational process to improve classroom performance and reduce dropout rates. Research shows that most students who drop out of school indicate they were not involved in extra-curricular activities. Archery taught by the NASP is accessible to nearly all students and engages and inspires students to greater achievements in school.
NASP began in 2019 for Southeast Dubois County Schools. All SED schools offer at least 10 hours of archery instruction during the physical education class time. Our Ferdinand Elementary program is led by Celia Paulin and Deputy Eric Hopkins.
Students seeking more instruction can practice one evening a week and have the option to attend a tournament each month. Practices begin in November and the season comes to an end at the Indiana NASP State Tournament held in March. Since our first year of 50 archers, we have grown to over 130 participants in grades 4-12. Our NASP program is fortunate to have many parent volunteers and a significant community backing.