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News 4 Schools: Healthcare company brings chess club to Ferguson-Florissant

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Students playing chess at Airport Elementary (Credit: KMOV) Students playing chess at Airport Elementary (Credit: KMOV)

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Fifth and sixth graders in the Ferguson-Florissant School District now have a chance to be in a chess club.

The new club at Airport Elementary is all about using chess to train their brains.

“My son, who’s 10, came to me and said my schools have chess, do all schools have chess?” said Nick Ragone, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Ascension. 

Since the school did not have a chess club, Ragone and his company, Ascension, started working to start one. 

“They really like it. They’re really interested in it, they have fun, it’s helping them to think,” Principal Dr. Ingrid Carter said.

The skills learned in the game are showing up in the classroom too.

“I like chess because it helps me strategize and it also helps me with my math,” said sixth grader Ashaya Houston.

Chess is also helping the students strategize their way out of tough spots in life.

“If you lose you don’t get all mad, just get them a handshake and give them a good game,” sixth grader Cody Perry said.

The healthcare company wants to expand the program more, which is why they are hosting a fundraiser Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Starlight Room of the Chase Park Plaza. Click here for the fundraising page. 

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