At Denton High School Chess Club on Friday, November 2, 2012, Dr. Alexey Root taught an activity about Space. Mr. Fred Mueller, the club sponsor, left to pick up the club T-shirts. After he returned, Dr. Root had the students pose with Mr. Mueller for a photo. Just before taking the photo, Dr. Root announced she had a surprise for Mr. Mueller.

She presented him with her latest book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.hinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. The book is dedicated to Mr. Mueller, which surprised and delighted him and the chess club members. After chess club on Friday, six chess club volunteers and Alexey Root traveled to the Lewisville, TX Barnes & Noble to play chess against the public and for Dr. Root to have a book signing for her new book and for  People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. Saturday, Dr. Root, Mr. Mueller, and nine Denton High School volunteers participated in International Games Day @ Your Library. At the Lewisville and Denton Public Library events, Denton High School chess players interacted with many people of all ages.