Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

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
Click on headline for story with photo(s)

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
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.

To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.

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
Read More... | Comments? | Click here to share, print, or bookmark this photo.


Quick Links to Popular Features content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link:

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.