So what's in your neighborhood? On June 3, 2011 the Douglass Chess team went for a walk on a warm Friday afternoon to go find out. This small group of dragons, four members of the team, left their lair and took a walk around the corner to visit one of their community and educational benefactors, W.Silver Recycling,Inc.
W. Silver Recycling is an international company headquartered in the heart of El Paso's industrial district and resides minutes from the US-Mexico Border and just a ten minute walk from Fredrick Douglass Elementary school. This company also has taken an interest in the surrounding community. One of those interests is the chess team on the Douglass campus. The chess team came into existence about eight years ago as a way to challenge and motivate a small group of "At Risk" students early in that academic year (four to be exact). Within six months this group developed into a formidable team, challenging players and schools that had well established teams. Hearing about this team's activity at a PIE (Partner in Education) luncheon, the company's representatives decided to come along side the team and school and support this academic activity.
Support was given in various ways, such as supplying funds to pay for tournament registrations, the team had a sponsors' banner made, and this year polo shirts were fashioned and tournament chess boards were purchased for each team member.
To thank W.Silver Recycling, the owner and financial manager were made honorary members of the Dragon team. So today the Dragons left their lair to walk around the corner to say, "Thank You", for your support of the Douglass Elementary School campus.