Each piece was placed in the center of the board and instead of moving the pieces, the movement of the pieces were drawn with red arrows. This led to beautiful and dynamic shapes. Each square was highlighted then un-highlighted as Joshua Justice gave the presentation about the piece path. Highlighting and un-highlighting the squares created a sense of movement and the children enjoyed it. The chessboard was explained in a similar fashion. As the file names were called, the file would be pointed out by having a yellow arrow drawn on all eight squares. The same was done for the ranks. This created movement in an otherwise motionless setting. Capturing the attention of children and educating them at the same time about the game of chess.
The May 6 Art Expo was fantastic. Watching children from the city display their talents was a joy to watch. There were many activities and performances: karate, choir, woodwind band, full band, orchestra, dancing, and of course chess.
Who is Communities in Schools and Challenging Heads Chess?
Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc has worked with the School District of Philadelphia and was founded in 1986. Communities In Schools use the resources of the community for the benefit of the students they serve. Communities In Schools serves 8,500 students per year in a total of 88 schools. Bady founded challenging Heads Chess with the mission of spreading his love of chess to students in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. He has been playing chess since his high school days and has an insatiable appetite for the game of kings. Communities In Schools and Challenging Heads Chess partnered for the first time in the fall of 2005.
~ Challenging Heads, Inc. ~