Meet Coach Jess

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Coach Jess is a first-year program coordinator from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, working at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School.

Coach Jess’s favorite recess game
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Coach Jess says that she loves “seeing the kids work as a team to be successful in this game” and that makes it one of her favorites.
You can find the rules for One Fish, Two Fish here.  Remember you need to work as a team to succeed at this game, just like the students do when they play with Coach Jess.

Coach Jess’s favorite Playworks cheer:
The Roller Coaster Clap

Why Coach Jess loves working for Playworks:
“The kids!  I love playing with the kids and giving them opportunities for organized play everyday.  I was an athlete in college so playing has always been a major part of my life.  I am so happy to be part of an organization that believes in the power of play to change lives.”

One of Coach Jess’s favorite moments as a coach:
“One of my favorite memories happened when I walked into the after school program one day to play a game with the first graders.  When I arrived, they were finishing up drawing pictures for their teacher.  I heard two students both ask to use the black marker next, which in the past might have turned into an “I asked for it first!” contest, but this time it was different.  The two students that both wanted the black marker started playing “ro-sham-bo” to decide who would get to use the marker next!  We have been using “ro-sham-bo” on the yard for many games and discussed how it is great method to resolve conflicts, but I could not help but to be so delighted that they would think to decide who would get to use a marker next. I really enjoy seeing that the kids are learning skills such as conflict resolution and teamwork out on the yard and that they are able to apply those same skills in their other classes/activities.”

More Updates


August 15, 2019

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August 6, 2019

Football Extravaganza 2019—Breaking Barriers ›

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April 23, 2019

Kindness is Cool—Play Matters! ›

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