Thursday, November 17, 2011
School kids discover the magic of bridge
Above: The cover story for the DeSoto county version of The Commercial Appeal is about bridge.
I stopped at a store today and happened to notice the front page of the area newspaper: bridge! Not only bridge, but bridge for elementary-school students, yes! Bridge has a reputation as a game for old people, so I love to see youngsters taking up the game.
The American Contract Bridge League has programs to teach bridge in elementary and high schools. The typical set-up is for local bridge players to ask to teach bridge outside of regular classes as an enrichment program.
ACBL Marketing Department staffers, Vicki Campbell and Darbi Southers, have come up with a better plan: Teach the Teachers. At the beginning of the school year, they contacted school teachers and offered to teach them bridge. Teachers who were interested came to Horn Lake MS, site of the ACBL Headquarters, for a workshop. Teachers gained skills to be able to teach the students. The program is called Youth4Bridge.
More than 30 students at a local elementary school are participating, and they are excited. "The best part is playing against your friends," fifth-grader Kayla Farmer said.
The young player makes a good point: Bridge has a social aspect to it. You are only as good as your partner and you're playing against other humans, not a computer.
"A lot of kids have fun ... pressing buttons on the video games," said fourth-grader Adrian Mills. "This (bridge) is a game where you actually have to think, and it helps reasoning," he said.
You can read the newspaper article here.
You can read more about the Youth4Bridge program if you click here.