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Checkers are a new game at ACES

Checkerboards have been replaced with computers for many, but at Adair County Elementary School, a visit to the playground will find that kids still enjoy simple things, playing checkers the way it was traditionally played in this country
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By Debbie Cowan A familiar image of times forgotten and left behind is that of folks gathered around a makeshift checkerboard at the country store. Many friends were made and problems solved over an impromptu game of checkers.

Checkerboards have been replaced with computers, online friends are the norm for children today and the simple things are sometimes overlooked in our fast-paced, technology rich society.


However, a visit to the playground at Adair Elementary will reveal that children still enjoy simple things. A glossy, black and red checkerboard has been painted on one of the playground picnic tables and nearly every day, one can witness a decidedly low tech game of checkers being played. Sometimes the kids play by the rules, sometimes they make up new rules and sometimes they just play. They are having fun, making and maintaining friendships while enjoying an age old game of logic and strategy.

The checker board picnic table was painted this past June by students participating in the Summer Arts and Science Camp at Adair Elementary. The camp, sponsored by the Family Resource Center, offers summer enrichment opportunities for ACES students. Ms. Paula Bault, art teacher, helped coordinate the picnic table transformation and students save drink bottle lids from home and the cafeteria to be used as checkers.

When you have the chance, drop by ACES and challenge a student to a game of checkers. You will most likely make a new friend with no advanced technology skills required! - Debbie Cowan, Family Resource Coordinator Adair Elementary School


This story was posted on 2012-09-13 15:59:30
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Checkers, traditional way, at Adair County Elementary



2012-09-13 - ACES, 870 Indian DR, Columbia, Ky - Photo by Debbie Cowan. Adair Elementary School students, Jenna McGaha, Breanna Stapleton and Jayla Harmon enjoy a friendly game of checkers on the playground. The checkerboard picnic table was painted as part of a summer camp project. - Debbie Cowan
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