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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

More good work with chess and children!

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Hi everyone,

Here is another story about the success of chess with children. In Spring 2010, three UA student volunteers working in Tuscaloosa Magnet Elementary School had the idea that by teaching children chess, they can change lives. They began with 12 sixth graders.

The program that evolved from that idea, Every Move Counts, is an initiative of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility that provides UA students with the opportunity to teach chess to children from four local schools while receiving class credit.

Olivia Grider, one of the programme coordinators, spoke out on the benefits for the children involved.

“For the kids, research shows that this improves standardized test scores in both Math and English, basically it improves all critical and analytical skills as well as the ability to focus. So overall, it helps the kids improve in all facets,” Grider said.

“They aren’t just teaching them a game, they are teaching them skills for life,” said Grider.

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