The Primero School District is bringing back a popular educational program for the 2019/2020 school year — as well as implementing its sibling: the National Archery in the Schools and National Fishing in the Schools programs.
The National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) is an in-school program aimed at improving educational performance among students in grades 4-12. Through it, students learn focus, self-control, discipline, patience, and the life lessons required to be successful in the classroom and the wider world. The National Fishing in Schools Program (NFSP) provides educators with an effective in-school program that empowers them to teach outdoor education to youth using fishing as the instructional method.
Both programs aim to get students outdoors and are supported by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The fishing program is also supported by the Roaring Fork Conservancy.
According to Josette Andrews, Primero science teacher and facilitator of both programs for the district, “We implemented the archery program with our middle school P.E. classes several years ago, and invited in others that wanted to learn. This is the first time we will implement the fishing program in school. The goal for this year is to introduce more of our students to both programs.”
“At this time, we are looking at implementing the programs as a unit for the middle school students during school hours, and for all students and community after school as a 21st Century Grant program,” said Andrews. “I would like to see our students develop an archery team and start entering competitions.”
While both programs promote academic skills, the lessons learned don’t stop there. “These programs benefit our community and students by teaching them how to respect the processes and the outdoors,” said Andrews. “They teach patience, self-control, and provide hands-on experiences that are especially valuable for students in our district, an area where so many people hunt and fish.”
“By working with both programs, we have created relationships with outside resources that bring real-world application to our students,” said Andrews. “And that’s what quality education is all about.”