A Florida district is participating in First Move, a program that integrates chess into the curriculum for 40 second- and third-grade classrooms. The program is expected, officials say, to help improve students' academic achievement. "Really, becoming a chess player is almost secondary to the academics," said Kathi Cirar, program director at America's Foundation for Chess. "Students are having a fun time and are engaged learning about coordinates, math [and] reading comprehension."

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