When it comes to playing chess, the students at North Washington are no pawns. They’re kings and queens.
Aaron Dugger, a library media specialist at North Washington, said that 97 percent of the students he’s taught to play chess have really enjoyed it.
“It took off like wildfire,” he said. “In library, if we finish early the kids will just get up and go get the chess boards and pieces and set up and start playing. It really took the Willisburg kids by storm.”
Dugger starting teaching the game during an enrichment course for students, then started hosting a chess club after school.
At a recent meeting, nine students and one parent were in attendance.
“I just thought kids might enjoy chess and I’m sort of a traditionalist,” he said. “I’m just trying to get them back to some old traditional strategy games rather than stare at a computer screen.”
Starr Nesbitt, an eighth grader, said she learned the game from her dad, Rob, who was in attendance recently.
Starr said she loved the chess club.
Dugger taught the students how to play, but says his knowledge of the game is limited.
“Yes, I can play chess, but that’s where it ends,” he said.