Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Idaho Becomes the First to Offer a Statewide Chess Curriculum

Idaho Becomes the First to Offer a Statewide Chess Curriculum as a Strategy for Learning for All 2nd and 3rd Graders

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - America's Foundation for Chess (AF4C) today announced that Idaho is the first state to approve the use of the First Move™ chess curriculum in all second and third grade classrooms statewide.

"We're thrilled to have the enthusiastic support of the State of Idaho and its school officials who recognize the unique value proposition of chess as an education strategy," said Wendi Fischer, Vice President of America's Foundation for Chess. "We have over 25,000 students using the First Move curriculum across 18 states and the reaction from students, teachers and parents has been outstanding as the benefits extend far beyond the classroom."

Teachers in Idaho state schools will have the opportunity to teach the First Move curriculum as part of their standard in-class program. "The reaction to the pilot program has been excellent and we are looking forward to expanding First Move into more schools this Fall," said Tom Luna, State Superintendent of Education, State of Idaho.

About America's Foundation for Chess

America's Foundation for Chess (AF4C) is a nonprofit organization committed to making chess a larger part of America's educational and cultural fabric. AF4C's unique First Move™ program offers a professionally designed, standards-based class curriculum utilizing the game of chess as a learning tool for all second and third grade students. Integrated as part of the standard classroom curriculum, the program is designed to support teachers' existing academic, social and emotional goals for their students. Students learn to make better choices by thinking ahead, thinking analytically, and thinking of consequences: essential life skills. The First Move™ program has nearly 25,000 student enrollees and is rapidly expanding across America so that it will soon become a regular part of every child's classroom experience. AF4C's national office is located in Kirkland, Washington. For more information visit www.AF4C.org

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