WEST JEFFERSON — Archery continues to be a growing sport in the High Country, and with some help from grant money and a lot of local support, Ashe County students will have a chance to get a taste of the sport themselves.
Fourth, fifth and sixth grade boys and girls will have an opportunity to be introduced to archery through the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).
The process started in February of this year when Westwood Elementary School physical education teacher Kevin Miller won a project grant from Ashe County Ford to help get the program off the ground.
“Jeff and Amy Dollar were instrumental to help get this program started,” said Miller.
Miller also won grants through Tanger Outlets and the Bright Ideas grant program.
Through NASP, local school educators receive proper training from professional archery educators and then come back to their respective schools to impart their knowledge to the youngsters eager to learn a new sport.
The program first began in Kentucky in 2002 with 21 schools testing out the class, which was devoted to promoting and teaching target archery and encourage the participation in all shooting sports.
Since then, the program has blossomed into what it is today with over 14,000 schools participating in the classes in five different countries.
NASP is also a 501.c.3 non-profit organization that works hard each year to partner with new schools in different locations as well as provide support and help to those that already have the program going.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.