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 CPS Teacher Skips Union Rally To Hold Chess Team Practice


He risked (risks) a fine for staying to help the kids!!!!

Joseph Ocol is the ultimate example of a coach and mentor. He humbly gives his time and money so his kids can study, play and not go hungry, all on his math teacher’s salary. His students at Earle STEM Elementary School, on the South West side of Chicago, can attest. With his after school chess classes, he affords the kids a safe place to improve their chess, learn good decisions make a difference, a nurturing atmosphere and food to munch on! All this in a neighborhood where danger exists with a mere walk to a bus stop.

Currently, the coach and kids are trying to raise enough money to get to the 2016 National K-9 chess championship in Indianapolis, Indiana this coming April 15-17s. Let's HELP them make the trip! 

Feel free to purchase as many $5 donations as you can afford.
Take a look at the City Council of Chicago’s resolution thanking ICC, you !!!



November 16th 2015

"These kids belong to below poverty line families and are residents in the Englewood area, which is one of the worst crime-prone areas in the country.

I know that we all can make a difference in their lives.  Everyday, there are shootings going on in the Englewood area, and I am touched by these kids desire to come to school everyday and stay in school after school, instead of being in the streets.  They love so much to play chess to improve their critical thinking skills that their academic scores are also high.  They see chess as a tool to improve their lives. I am sure we all can help them make that difference in their lives.

Please help them.  There's nobody else that they can go to-- except to you and to the saints and angels of ICC.  Whatever your heart desires will surely go a long way to make a difference in the lives of these kids."

Yours sincerely, 

Joseph M. Ocol
Math Teacher and Chess Coach
Earle STEM Elementary School
2040 W. 62nd St., Chicago, IL 60636 

Last year his kids once again trophied! The Mayor of Chicago was so impressed he invited the kids, coaches and parents for accolades at City Hall. Joseph has informed us that due to the successes they’ve achieved the Chicago Public Schools have adopted a Chess curriculum!! Take a look at the City Council of Chicago’s resolution thanking ICC, you !!!

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