When readers of The Washington Post opened their papers to the Local Living section recently, they were greeted by a joyful picture of kids at recess at Amidon-Bowen Elementary, a Playworks DC partner school in the city's Waterfront neighborhood. Post reporter Mari-Jane Williams paid a visit to Playworks schools last spring to get background for her story, detailing the positive impact Playworks is having on children and schools all across the District.
Williams cites testimonials from local teachers, like Jackie Jaffe, a second-grade teacher at Bruce-Monroe Elementary at Park View. " 'It's really been a game-changer for the kids….We used to come back and I would spend 20 to 30 minutes of instructional time putting out the fires of whatever happened during recess time, because they had nothing else to do' but argue, Jaffe said. 'Now we come back from recess and I don't miss a second.'"
Thanks to the strong partnership between Amidon-Bowen Principal Izabela Miller, Assistant Principal Dwayne Ham, and Playworks Coach LeeVon Floyd, the students at Amidon know what it's like to have an energetic, productive, fun recess every day. You can see it on the faces of the laughing, moving, happy kids in The Washington Post story.