School chess club a refreshing sight

July 25, 2013 

DN chess club

Kevin Cripe, Chess Club leader asks the club members what they would do next in a particular chess scenario at chess club at Bret Harte Elementary School (7-24-13).

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The front page of Thursday's Bee featured some youngsters from Bret Harte Elementary School doing some hard thinking about chess, which is a refreshing sight when we tend to think about children this age perched in front of video games.

The students are members of a new chess club formed at the south Modesto school. We commend these young players, but also their teacher/adviser, Kevin Cripe.

His name will be familiar to many Bee readers because in the 1990s and early 2000s, he mentored hundreds of young chess players at Shackelford Elementary School.

The remarkable commitment of teachers such as Cripe are newsworthy and noteworthy, especially when we consider the headlines grabbed by others.

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