August brought students together with great purpose and promise. The new school year witnessed many older students poised to graduate, others advancing to higher levels and several more joining EEESMA for the first time to learn Mexican Sign Language and much, much more.
A child who is introduced to chess at a young age is likely to do better in school for years to come. Research shows that playing chess improves a child's thinking, problem-solving, reading, and math scores. Educators and chess experts generally agree the second grade is the ideal time to introduce children to chess, although some as young as four or five may be ready to learn and play.
Steven Cohen, volunteer in the EEESMA carpentry workshop, loves chess and wanted to share his passion of the game with all the students. He also knew how much they would benefit from both learning and playing. Recruiting the help of the local San Miguel Chess Club, and along with the teachers and other volunteers, chess classes at EEESMA were born.
The chess classes are scheduled to take place once a week and all look forward to the fun and brain exercise! Thank you Steven for introducing a new dimension of learning and enjoyment for all.
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