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Mr. Weiland from Detroit MI is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Chess Champions @ UYA

My students need 15 chess sets and 1 chess clock to practice tournament conditions on our school's Chess Team.

  • $446 goal

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My Students

Delayed gratification, planning, respect and focus. These are all skills that the most successful people embrace but where did they learn them? Help me teach these values to my scholars through chess!

When I asked my scholars what kind of people play chess, they said, "Smart people play chess." "Leaders play chess." Though I explained that intelligence, leadership and chess are not mutually exclusive, it certainly develops skills and values that are shared with these characteristics.

My Project

Imagine a student who has struggled academically throughout their student careers. They are so frustrated, they begin to give up, which leads to behavior problems and the desire to be good at anything whether it's good or bad. Now, fast forward to the end of the year as a member of his school's Chess Team. Throughout the year, he has had a series of wins from learning how to master each piece's movement to understanding the concept of checkmate to winning his first full game. Now, he walks into the end-of-year tournament, sits down at his first game, shakes hands with his opponent with eye contact, and becomes fully engaged with his objective for over an hour. He loses, but afterward comes to debrief his match to figure WHY he lost so that he will not make the same mistakes again. The subtle life values he learned throughout playing a game will influence his actions forever.

This project is important because it is shifting the conversation on what it's going to take to close the Achievement Gap in the right direction.

Schools have had great academic results with very little long-term impact on student's life trajectories. We must instill values and mindsets in students, and not just facts and procedures. I hope to do this through teaching a game that has taught myself a lot about what I value. I would appreciate your help to purchase these chess sets and my students will as well.

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Mr. Weiland
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 35 students.

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Tournament Roll-Up Staunton Weighted Chess Pieces Set w/ Travel Canvas Bag - Black • Amazon $19.99 15 $299.85
DGT North American Chess Clock • Amazon $44.00 1 $44.00

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