Stories of Play | Playworks

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Stories of Play

On our playgrounds, coaches and volunteers encourage, guide and play with kids. We get to know every student at the school, forming special bonds through play and becoming an important member of the school “family.”

Here are just a few stories from our playgrounds.

Serving Kids, Serving Community

“I’ve always known I’ve wanted to work with kids. It’s something I’ve been doing since I was six and I love it. With Playworks and AmeriCorps, I see the joy and change that kids get through play, and I can help my community."

Edith Mordi is just one example of how Playworks and AmeriCorps partner to make a difference on the playground and in the community. A graduate of St. John’s University in Queens, New York, Edith joined the Playworks team as an AmeriCorps member in our Washington, DC schools last year.

Michelle Barron

I love my job and I love my school! I’ve seen the difference Playworks can make and I just want to be a part of expanding that impact for more kids.

What I do with the kids every day really helps them - both in school and in life.

Brad Riley

Last year I had a student, Clinton, who was pretty challenging. He had some attitude issues, and was constantly put on the fence by his teachers because of something he did in class or at lunch. He could be disrespectful to other kids, didn’t want to participate in games and was hard to get through to. He had some discipline problems, and I was sometimes asked to take him out of class to talk with him.