“I’m not sure if Biruk found chess or chess found Biruk. My daughter first started playing in Kindergarten as part of PS/MS 282’s in-class chess program and by first grade her teacher Mr. Colding told her to join the team. It’s been an amazing journey ever since. Not only has chess sharpened her strategic thinking, but it has taught her practice, persistence and patience pay off. Through a lot of hard work and determination she and her teammates won second place at this year’s National Chess Tournament in Dallas.
The most important part of the program, though, is Biruk loves it. Mr. Colding, Ms. Davis, and Mr. Jeffrey have been amazing mentors – patient and loving, but tough, too. And though each player faces their rounds alone, they draw strength from the team, especially during tournaments. I’ve been blown away by this program and I’m thankful every day that it’s something that PS/MS 282 cherishes, too.” – Agnes