Roseville Review people - published December 20, 2016

The new chess club at Little Canada Elementary School is enjoying some early success — members Lucius, Evelyn and Mateo, all first-graders, participated in a Dec. 10 tournament hosted by the School Chess Association and they won. It’s the club’s second victory in two tournaments, so far.

The club meets before school, through Roseville Area Community Education, and has 12 members, who range in grade level from first to sixth.

According to Margaret Grafenstein, a paraprofessional at the school who started the club, the three students who participated in the tournament worked together to score the most points and bring home the team trophy.

“I have witnessed amazing sportsmanship when the kids play. They are so excited about the game of chess that when they finish their games they stay to watch other games and encourage all the players,” Grafenstein says. “It’s amazing to see their faces light up playing a game that helps them in all areas of learning: from math to reading and social skills to problem solving. But to them it’s just fun! 

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