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Executives at Catholic nonprofit healthcare group, Ascension, will fund a 10 week after school chess program for the schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

"'We think it’s a pretty unique partnership with public, private, and nonprofit [organizations] to do something really, really special for kids in this area,' Ragone says, adding that including chess in school curricula will help students with math and reading skills, as well as strategic planning and decision-making. Indeed, research has shown that playing chess has been linked to academic achievement. 

“'[Chess] reinforces logical thinking, discipline, attention to detail, strategic planning and complex problem solving,' said Tony Rich, executive director of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, in a press statement. 'We know that children who learn chess tend to perform better at school, and it’s a game they can play for the rest of their lives.'"--Leah Jessen, The Daily Signal

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