Covington schools offer study of chess as part of their summer learning opportunities for students

06/21/2018 09:38 AM

COVINGTON – One of the things kids battle during the summer months is what to do with all of their spare time.

Students in Covington are getting the opportunity to take part in a summer enrichment program where they have the opportunity to learn more about the game of chess.

Camp Checkmate: Chess Symposium is one of four summer learning opportunity programs offered by the Covington Independent School District.

The camp offers students the opportunity to create individual chess sets, learn defensive strategies, gain offensive tactics, entertain expert guest speakers, and practice formal tournament conduct.

Holmes High School librarian and chess coach Renata Kennison says that, as a rule, many inner city students tend to be excellent chess players.

“At-risk kids play better chess than kids who are not at-risk because at-risk kids think outside the box,” Kennison said. “At-risk kids are creative, they are so intelligent and it is important for us to understand and for them to understand that they are smart.

Holmes teacher Ashley McClure says that the summer learning programs are extremely important for many students academic success.

“The summer slide occurs every summer with students,” McClure said. “There is so much data that says that in summer, our students decline academically, and when they come back for fall, they’re not at the same level that they were when they left in the spring.”

The summer learning opportunities program began last week with a symposium for high schools students to experience writing scripts for plays.

Camp Covington is a 5-week program for elementary school students which runs through July 20 which provides student access to academic support, fitness activities, enrichment opportunities and field trips.

A Summer Arts Workshop, open to middle students in the district, will run from July 16 to July 27th where students will learn from professional artists in the disciplines of drawing, painting, photography, graphic design and creative writing.

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