School treasures chess
Club at Providencia Elementary shows students the basics and many intricacies of the classic game.

By Rachel Kane

Every Wednesday after school for the next six weeks, a group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Providencia Elementary School will make child’s play out of chess.

Youth chess director Kevin Bulone will provide weekly lessons on the board game to a group of 20 students who excelled in math skills on their state standardized tests.

The school formed a chess club this semester to accommodate the activity after school and to foster critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, said Jennifer Culbertson, curriculum specialist at the school.

“We thought this would just be a neat way,” Culbertson said.

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