October JC of the Month

  1. Updates

Symphany, Children First Academy

Symphany is a Junior Coach at Children First Academy. Since Playworks launched at her school, she has made an incredible impact through the Junior Coach program. Symphany is an amazing 4th grade student, a big sister, and an impressive leader.

Every day, she shows how she cherishes the opportunity to be a leader. She is always ready to lead activities or volunteer to do a quick attention-getter during JC training. She loves to get students involved in Playworks games during recess, never shying away in asking them to join her play area.

An impressive leader, she was recently asked by Ms. Lay, the principal of her school, to lead an icebreaker game during a recent teacher training. Since Pindown is her favorite game, she decided that teachers would love it too! She practiced with Coach Heather for several days and wowed the teachers with her active facilitation—double checking for understanding through call and response. We are proud to recognize Junior Coach Symphany, who sure knows how to #EnergizeAZ.

More Updates


March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…