Killip Chess to Nationals!

$13,176 of $11,000 goal

Raised by 169 people in 29 months
Update
WE MADE IT!!! Our full teams will be attending Nationals! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! Any additional funds raises will now go towards next year's State Championship and then our next National tournament in 4 years.
This has been incredible for us coaches, families and most of all, the students who have seen that through their commitment and hard work, their goals are met and dreams can come true. Thank you!
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Please help! We have 20 kids this year that have earned the right to go, have done everything the kid sitting next to them has, but will be told "no, sorry you don't get to go." See below.

I am pleased to announce that Killip Chess Power is going to Super Nationals – the Olympics of Chess. It occurs once every four years. Five thousand participants are expected to attend from across the United States. The event takes place in Nashville, TN May 11th – 15th. The last time Killip could afford to send a team to this event we placed a team at 3rd in the nation.

Students work Monday – Thursday after school to learn better ways to compete against each other and eventually opponents they meet at Tournaments. Research documents character development benefits such as strong self-motivation, positive response to failure and increased self-confidence.

The game of chess and the skills it fosters offer a strong alignment with STEM education.
Science – Scientific Method (Develop a hypothesis, experiment, analyze and report on results) is utilized on a daily basis in our games and to improve our level of play
Technology – Our students have learned to research and combine information from multiple digital resources (online tutorials, Grandmaster game databases, tactic’s trainers, etc.) to improve our skill.
Engineering – Engineers identify a problem, brainstorm possible solutions, implement a plan and analyze its outcomes and revise based on the results. This IS the game of chess. We do this multiple times in every game we play.
Math – Chess players continuously calculate the strength/weakness of candidate moves in a game of chess. We also use an algebraic coordinate grid system to notate and plot the position and moves of pieces on the board. This allows us to play back through the game where we analyze it for strengths and weaknesses.

Our current need is $11,000.00. We have budgeted $700/student and chaperone. Families have put forth the effort to raise $21,000.00 towards the trip but it doesn’t appear we will be able to reach our goal for Nationals. This means students that have done their part will be left behind.
Out of the economically disadvantaged neighborhood of Sunnyside, Killip Chess Power stands as a strong pillar of community pride and success for Sunnyside and Flagstaff. Yet we are kept from realizing our full potential under the constraints of our current funding capacity. Please help us overcome this barrier by funding one or more students ($700 each) to the National Championship in Nashville, Tennessee. Your donation will go directly to a student or students who has worked every day in our program (some of them for years) that will not otherwise get the chance to participate in this once in a lifetime experience.
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FINAL UPDATE
Over 5500 people competed and our players competed against over 1600 of them representing 272 teams. We had 41 players on 5 teams out there; Kindergarten and 1st grade, 2nd and 3rd grade, two teams competing in the 4th and 5th grade section, and we threw one of our teams up against some middle schoolers to see how they would do.
Our kids in the middle school section barely snuck into trophy contention at 18th place, our K-1 and K-3 teams took 4th place and one of our K-5 teams tied for first place, making us National coCHAMPIONS!!! (we plan on leaving the ‘co’ part off in the near future)

These kids come every day to chess with the notion that we ‘work’ at learning the game of chess. And that if you work hard enough at something in life, you create your own path to success. Prior to this our kids had to qualify in an AZ Regional Championship (which we swept 1st place in all sections we competed in). Our families (which are a HUGE part of our success as an organization) successfully hosted the AZ State Championship tournament here in Flagstaff where our K-1 team re-established our reign as state champions.

The support provided to our program never ceases to blow me away. You amazing people have no obligation to help or support us and yet year after year, (despite my insufficient thank you’s), continue to provide for these kids. It makes me tearful any time I think about it.

I am surrounded by an amazing teams of kids, parents, school and district administration, community members, funders and family that all work together to make us who we are. Wouldn’t be possible without any one of those cogs performing as exceptionally as they do.

THANK YOU! If you are in Flag tonight, please feel free to stop by the school at 5:00 where we'll be celebrating our season's successes with an awards dinner.
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Our awards banquet will start at 5:00pm not 6:00pm this Friday. Please feel free to attend! WE HAVE NATIONAL coCHAMPIONS TO CELEBRATE!!!
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REVISED Celebration event has been moved to 5:00 in the gym on May 19th, if you can make it.
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Thanks again for all your support! Please join us if you can, for our annual Awards Celebration where we will celebrate our monumental successes this year.
May 19th, 6:00pm @ Killip.
RSVP to tkomada@fusd1.org
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Raised by 169 people in 29 months
Created February 9, 2017
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JR
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Sally Tachias McMillian
27 months ago

I am so proud of the Killip Chess Team!

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Go team

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