How Mr. Moreno and His Chess Program Helped Me

by Jose Rivas

photo: Mr. Moreno, Aweis, and CamilloMy father came to the United States for a better life and this is the reason that he wanted me to come live with him in the United States. But when I came to the United States I felt very bad and upset because I didn't have friends and I didn't know how to speak English. I lived only with my father and he worked all the time.

But every thing changed when I went to school. There I met a lot of friends and a very good person whose name is Mr. Moreno. He is a counselor in Montgomery Blair H.S. He is from Spain and he speaks English and Spanish. He is a good person with everybody and he tries to help all the Spanish students who don't speak English. In my first year in school in the U.S. Mr. Moreno was my chess teacher.

When he started to teach me how to play chess in the first period ESOL class, I didn't know anything about the game. He taught me how to move the pieces and how to speak English too. Sometimes he helped me in my other classes after school because it was hard for me to speak, read and write in English.

I learned how to play and at the same time learned English. Mr. Moreno said that chess is the same as life because you have to think before you do something. Learning how to play chess was hard but with my effort I've done it. When he teaches me how to play chess, he teaches me other things like how to read, write, and speak in English.

As I learned how to move all the pieces he showed me that nothing is easy in this life. But with effort I can do whatever I want. This experience made me feel good about myself because I've learned something new in my life and I have a very good friend.

Students in the Silver Spring area are invited to join Mr. Moeno's chess clubs. One meets after school on Mondays in room 152. Another meets Thursdays evenings at Longbranch Rec Center.

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