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The Denver Gazette

May 9, 2022

Deputy secretary of education visits Aurora ›

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten visited Clyde Miller P-8 on Wednesday to see how emergency relief funds are being used in local districts.  With an eye on mental health efforts, Aurora Public Schools is partnering with Playworks and other fantastic organizations to support our students in Colorado. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy…

Sentinel Colorado

May 5, 2022

Deputy secretary of education visits Aurora Public Schools with eye on mental health efforts ›

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten and Playworks CEO Elizabeth Cushing joined Playworks Colorado on Wednesday to see our partnership with Aurora Public Schools in action. While the weather forced us inside, the rain didn’t stop Coach Jack from facilitating an engaging recess with games like RoShamBo (Rock Paper Scissors) Rockstar and RoShamBo Evolution.

soccer ball on field
soccer ball on field

Denver7 News

April 1, 2022

Colorado students, schools reflect on year of Playworks amid pandemic ›

All year, schools have been trying to rise to the challenge of transitioning students back into interacting with their peers. Many of these schools turned to Playworks Colorado to help students ease pandemic trauma through play.

Yahoo News

November 8, 2019

Playworks Colorado Hosts Rock Paper Scissors Tournament ›

Playworks Colorado has a goal to bring out the best in every kid through playing at recess. The annual Rock Paper Scissors tournament took place at Bierstadt Lagerhaus in Denver.

October 21, 2019

Broncos break a sweat at annual ‘Hometown Huddle’ event ›

The Broncos hosted their annual Hometown Huddle with Playworks and Mile High United Way, bringing together children from Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver with Broncos players and encouraging them to be active as part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 health and wellness campaign.

Demaryius Thomas, Courtland Sutton bring smiles to Playworks recess with CarMax

July 15, 2019

Demaryius Thomas, Courtland Sutton bring smiles to Playworks recess with CarMax ›

Demaryius Thomas and Courtland Sutton spent their Tuesday morning at Marie L. Greenwood Academy, playing games and dancing with kids as part of a Playworks recess visit with help from volunteers from CarMax. CarMax also donated $10,000 for play equipment. Photo credit: Ben Swanson/

March 28, 2019

Playworks Helps 5th Grader at Westgate Elementary Thrive as a Junior Coach ›

Junior Coach K at Westgate Elementary used to be afraid of socializing. Becoming a Playworks Junior Coach changed that. Playing at recess doesn’t come easy for every kid. Some kids struggle with shyness, anxiety, and fear of embarrassing themselves. Junior Coach K was a kid who struggled with play and struggled to come out of…

FOX31 Denver

February 21, 2019

After being bullied, Aurora 4th-grader works to make recess more inclusive ›

A local girl is working to make recess time more inclusive for kids. Teachers report spending about two hours a day resolving conflicts that start at recess. For some students, recess can be the worst part of their day. But at Montview Elementary in Aurora, it’s common to find older kids helping the younger ones.…

CBS4 Denver

February 21, 2019

Playworks Colorado Encourages Leadership, Inclusive Playground Games ›

Montview Elementary has the Playworks Coach program, that places a full-time coach in the school for a full school year, and trains junior coaches to assist. Principal Mia Robinson says she can already see a difference in her students. She says there’s less bullying, more confidence and more learning — the ultimate goal of Playworks Colorado.