New Chess Program Begins in Ferguson-Florissant District

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Hundreds of kids in Ferguson are learning to play chess. All 20 elementary and middle schools in the Ferguson-Florissant District have an after school chess program called “Your Move Chess.”

The “Your Move Chess” program is a partnership between the school district, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis and Ascension.

Nick Ragone with Ascension says his company’s participation in it came about with an innocent question from his chess-playing son who asked, “Don’t all schools have chess clubs?”

“So, I called the Chess Club and asked them and they said, ‘In fact, we are trying to get it into more schools and the Ferguson District wants it,'” Ragone says. “Within 20 minutes we had a partnership together.”

Ascension is looking to roll it out into more schools.

A survey shows about 95 percent of kids in the Ferguson program say the chess club makes them want to challenge themselves more. Around 92 percent say it makes them more confident that they can learn difficult things. About 85% say it makes them look forward to school.

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