Some kids from Brooklyn’s Intermediate School 318 won the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade sections of the National Scholastic K-12 Championship in Florida. (Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Reporting SophiaÂ Hall
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) â€“ When you think about the game of chess, you think about concentration, making good choices and having great sportsmanship, but a nonprofit is making players think about good grades, high attendance and lifelong friends.
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Chess in the Schools is a non-profit organization that has brought the game into New York City’s public schools.
â€œOur program takes place during the school day we teach elementary and middle school students how to play chessâ€”and in each school we teach, we have an after-school club that is open to the whole school,â€ CEO Marley Kaplan said.
Kaplan said the program helps teach learning and social skills and more importantly keep kids off the streets.
â€œIt’s a safe haven. It is a safe place with caring adults,â€ Kaplan said. â€œWe see kids who are in our chess program have better attendance in school. They tend to have lifelong friends from this.â€