USA – Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin started an initiative. She started the Urban Youth Chess Club 13 years ago. Back then only three kids joined the club. But after all these years it has more than 200 students who participate in the annual tournament.
Cops are intimidating. And to younger people they are a whole lot scary. But it should not be the case. To solve this problem a cop took a small step. And now, there is a bond between the cops and kids. It is the best thing a community could ask for.
She wanted to improve the relationship between the kids of the society and the law enforcement. And it is also an effort to teach kids that their every move affects the society. She said- “I teach the kids that the chess board is like their community. It’s like real life. Every move you make there will be consequences just like in the real world.”
According to a popular chess academy, Chess Max Academy, this event was all about promoting positive relationship between cops and kids. You can see an old officer Matthew Roberson play with a 9 year old Yabi Ephram. Matthew and Yabi also train together at the nearby rec center. This friendly relationship between the cops and kids is a good sign, it shows that the kids can depend on them, and the law can trust them.
Mathhew said that he wants kids to think about their actions and their consequences. “Thinking multiple steps ahead, that lesson translates into other parts of life.”- said Matthew Roberson.
The chess tournament is not about who wins and who loses. It is all about the relationship that exists in the community. The effort taken by Det. Denise is a creative step towards community wellness. And it should be followed by people everywhere. By the end of the tournament, 30 kids had won the rounds, Vs only 9 cops. Seems like the kids are in the lead.
Washington State Population Has Reached Up to 7.5 Million
The new number released on June 28 by the Office of Financial Management shows, Washington state population has reached up to 7.5 million. The state has grown by 118,800 residents over the past year, which is the 1.6% increment in the populace. The growth in the population has come from the people who moved into the state. Last year population of the moved people accounted for 76 percent of the state’s population growth.
Since April 1, 2010, the state’s population has grown by 821,900 people, and 295,100 people were those who moved into the state during the time frame. Seattle is in top ten cities of the state in terms of population growth including, Bellevue, Tacoma, Spokane, Kennewick, Redmond, Vancouver, Kirkland, Pasco, and Bellingham. Seattle is located at a seaport on the West Coast of the US. It is the largest city in both the states of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Seattle population till 2018 was 740,745, and it is estimated to be 755,745 people as of 2019.
According to the US census data released in 2018, Metropolitan area of Seattle holds 3.87 million people and is ranked 15th largest city in the US. Seattle is the fastest-growing city in terms of population in the US, and it had remained in the top five largest populated cities in May 2015. In 2016, the city was again in the fastest-growing major cities of the United States with a 3.1% annual growth. The reason for the state’s population growth is a major gateway for trade with Asia. As of 2015, Seattle is the fourth-largest container port in North America. Seattle population contains a large share of residents living alone. It is the fifth-highest populated city in terms of single-person households.
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