April 19, 2016

Playworks Gives Back during Spring Break ›

Playworks Indiana had a productive spring break, seeking opportunities to serve our greater Indianapolis community. Our Program Team and AmeriCorps Members teamed up to volunteer at a variety of nonprofits. On Monday, we went to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Gleaners’ mission is to lead the fight against hunger in central and southeast Indiana by collecting,…

January 27, 2016

Meet Coach Amy ›

The 2015-2016 school year is Coach Amy’s first year with Playworks Indiana. She started this school year as the Flex Coordinator, providing services to all Indiana Coach schools, and is now the primary Coach at Clarence Farrington Elementary School #61 in the Indianapolis Public School District.  As an AmeriCorps member, Coach Amy is always ready to…

January 27, 2016

New Year = More Play ›

At its core, Playworks is all about the celebration of our very best selves.  What we have found is that the act of play is much more, much bigger than a cute thing that kids do.  Using the social and emotional tools we employ as adults to contribute to strengthening our communities, families and workspace…

March 9, 2015

Playworks Indiana to AmeriCorps Members: THANK YOU! ›

This week Playworks is celebrating AmeriCorps week. We celebrate our AmeriCorps members’ accomplishments, thank them for their service, and recognize them for everything they do. Our AmeriCorps members go above and beyond, and we are so grateful for them. One day in particular highlighted their dedication, positivity, and eagerness to serve. On our Martin Luther King, Jr.…

December 17, 2014

Why We Play ›

Playworks is the leading nonprofit leveraging the power of play to support and improve children's physical and emotional health. Focusing on recess, Playworks programs provide an opportunity for every student to learn collaboration, teamwork, respect, and inclusion – all through safe, fun, healthy play at school every day.

December 11, 2014

An Ode to Keeping Your Promise: J.R.W.’s Story ›

Transitions can be tough. Be it starting at a new school, getting a new teacher, or experiencing the change in seasons, going from the familiar to the unknown can yield uncertainty, confusion, and strife. For the third graders at the Indianapolis Academy of Excellence, one of the toughest transitions of the day was going back inside at the…

December 2, 2014

Experience Playworks at the Because KIDS COUNT conference ›

On Tuesday, December 2, Playworks will be presenting The Power of Play from 1:45 to 3:15 PM in Room 108 during the Because KIDS COUNT conference taking place at the Indiana Convention Center. Learn how to change school climate by creating a safe, inclusive environment where children receive the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical benefits of an…

April 1, 2014

IU Health highlights Playworks as a perfect fit for new “Strong Schools” grants ›

Indiana University Health (IU Health) has unveiled the "Strong Schools" grant program to fight childhood obesity across Indiana. These grants provide money to help incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity into the school day. 22 "IU Health Strong Schools" grants will be awarded to elementary schools across the state. There are three grant options:…

October 11, 2013

Meet Coach Carolyn ›

Hello everyone, my name is Carolyn Themel and I am the Playworks program coordinator at Sense (Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence) Charter School in Indiana.  One interesting thing about Sense Charter is that it was a drum manufacturing facility before it was converted into a school.  I have seen an immense change from when I first…