In the spirit of love, play and our students’ well-being consider supporting Playworks during this year’s “Share the Love of Play" campaign.
Everyday I am lucky enough to see firsthand the difference that Playworks can make in the wonderful Roosevelt school in Hyde Park. It seems obvious that the students would love to run around and play, but what's less obvious is how Playworks programming can lead to student growth and an overall change in school culture. Watching a child's confidence grow, seeing a Junior Coach step in and encourage rock paper scissors to resolve conflict, or seeing a four-square player greeted with a line of high-fives at recess, makes me proud of my work everyday.
Playworks has proven that recess is an untapped opprotunity to accelerate learning and health in elementary schools. As a result of having Playworks on campus, bullying significantly decreases, children are more physically active, and students return to the classroom focused and ready to learn. This impact is possible because of the great Playworks coaches that are energizing education for 15,000 students in 32 low-income elementary schools daily.
My fellow coaches, colleagues, and I aim to raise $32,000 during the month of February, the amount Playworks fundraises to operate in one school. Consider making a donation to support the power of play. And spread the love of play to your friends and family. Your support will help us succeed in this challenging economy.