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Mr. Garland
Grades 9-12
  • Horace Mann New Leadership Charter School
  • Springfield, MA
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Unlocking Their Critical Minds

My students need 15 chess sets.

I teach High School English at a inner-city public charter school. I currently teach 10th grade in a 90-minute period which meets daily for the entire year.

For last five years at my previous school, I taught a chess class entitled "Critical Thinking Through Chess". This course was a unique and effective opportunity for students to gain and improve the critical thinking skills so vital to our modern world. I would like to carry that curriculum and the opportunity to the students of my current school.

Chess is a very inexpensive class as just 15 chess sets can provide for a class of thirty students. The is no text book involved, although I do supplement the class with many handouts and copies of chess problems. This is truly a wonderful opportunity for students to gain important critical thinking skills. The recognition for the usefulness of chess in schools is illustrated by Idaho's current implementation of a statewide chess curriculum. Also, currently some colleges are now offering chess scholarships.

Your help will allow my students to think and grow in ways which will broaden their critical thinking skills, foster a love for a quiet competition based on intellect, and empower them to see and analyze everyday situations in a more reflective and thoughtful manner.

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Chess Set w/ 2-1/2" King- No magnet • Cannon Sports, Inc. $6.95 15 $104.25

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This project will reach 60 students.

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