When we arrived at Lamberts Point Community Center for chess, the night before Thanksgiving, we didn’t expect anyone to show. I had two boxes of wooden chess sets from the Solomons to hand out but also found a box of chess goodies waiting for me to be thankful for.
ODU players and Norfolk State University’s amazing Dr. Bowman (STEM program) with his grandchildren and a student. We met Kyia, 8 and her grandparents. Kyia played and I taught Grandma and Grandpa to play chess. Many amazing boards went home as gifts tonight thanks to the Susan Polgar blog readers.
Big thanks to all of you who donated chess sets, boards, and books to the children! Your generosity will make a big positive difference in their lives. Thank you!
Below is the original post from a few weeks ago:
Donate your old sets for use as grade booster bribes
Many of our players have never owned their own board, set or chess books so, while many teachers offer candy, or a homework pass to get kids to improve their grades and attendance, I am offering them sets, boards and books.They must show me a before and after report card, or have a teacher’s note.
I got the idea after Jon Solomon dropped off a load of gently used Chess Life Magazines, travel sets, pieces and boards. The kids begged for them and I needed to come up with a fair distribution method. This week’s video (below) shows how the plan organically formed on the spot at Lamberts Point Wednesday night.
Please help me continue to do this by sending your gently used sets, boards and other chess-related materials to:
Lisa Suhay or The Chess Lady or NICE Chess (Any one will bring me to mind)
c/o Lamberts Point Community Center, 1251 W. 42nd Street, Norfolk, VA 23508
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