Hip-Hop Chess Day
On Thursday, July 27, 2017, three hip-hop performers—Loaded Lux, Barry Bee, and G-Epic—all competitive chess players, show the Rosalyn Yalow Charter School chess team that chess is every man’s game, teaching students the reasoning skills and mental discipline to lead successful lives. Jerald Times is chess director at Yalow.
On Thursday, July 27, Yalow Charter held its first Hip-Hop Chess Day for the 80 students in our chess team summer camp. Chess and hip-hop have a long tradition in the Bronx and Harlem, and three hip-hop performers—Loaded Lux, Barry Bee, and G-Epic—all competitive chess players, wanted to show our Yalow Tigers that chess is every man’s game, teaching our students the reasoning skills and mental discipline to lead successful lives. Jerald Times, Yalow’s chess director, is the inspiration behind Hip-Hop Chess Day.
Chess Open House
On Saturday, November 5, 2016, some 40 Yalow kindergarten, 1st-, and 2nd-grade students—the Yalow Tigers—taught their parents how to play chess at Yalow’s first chess open house. Yalow Tigers train every Saturday for the Yalow chess team, and these 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds learn fast. Fast enough to teach their parents why chess is not only fun (attack, defense!) but also intellectually important, requiring focus and geometrical reasoning. It’s no coincidence that studies show chess programs also increase students’ overall scholastic performance.
Rio Olympic Silver Medalist Daryl Homer Visits Yalow
Daryl Homer and his mentor, fellow Olympian and Yalow board member Ivan Lee, conducted a saber fencing exhibition for students and their families, while London’s Royal Automobile Club chess team took on four chess masters, including three of Yalow’s chess instructors. BronxNet Channel 67 broadcast the Community Festival.
NY1 broadcast the Community Festival
Kindergarten and 1st-grade students celebrate National School Choice Week, led by 1st-grade teacher Christina Buonocore, special education teacher Catherine Seibert, and music teacher Amy Fraser.