You helped to transform Rayfield’s life.
Last spring, Rayfield, a second grader, was standing by himself against the school wall as other kids played after lunch. He would occasionally draw with his finger on the wall, but mostly looked down, sometimes glancing quickly at the other kids.
They paid him no attention except to occasionally throw a ball or mean remark at him. Rayfield would grin painfully and pretend not to notice.
That memory of Rayfield’s withdrawn and lonely daily existence was a prime motivator for Playworks Baltimore to set up our program at his school this year.
From the first day we started, our new coach, Nae, made sure that everyone participated in games together. No one is ever “out” of a game. Nae taught children to respond with “Good job, nice try” instead of a mean word. Students learned to solve their own playground conflicts through Rock/Paper/Scissors instead of shunning or bullying one another.
She worked closely with Rayfield, building his confidence, and soon he was laughing and playing with the other kids on the playground.
By supporting Playworks, you are making a real difference in the lives of young people every day. You have helped transform students’ daily experiences of being left out, teased and targeted with cruel jokes to feeling included and wanted. Now everyone plays by the same rules and knows how to handle disagreements quickly and easily.
The benefits of the Playworks formula are not confined to the playground, but follow children as they come inside and return to their classrooms. After a recess with a positive play experience, they settle quickly in their seats and are ready and eager to learn.
Playworks gives children a chance to succeed in school.
Our model is simple. And it works. It’s a partnership with you, the school, and a Playworks coach.
Your financial support helps train AmeriCorps volunteers to be full-time coaches in low-income schools. Those coaches in turn supervise, teach and empower children, as young as kindergarten, about how to play with each other in fun and respectful ways.
And unlike other programs, Playworks purposely starts with the very young before bullying and anti-social behavior take root.
As we come to the end of the school year, we want to make sure that we can continue making the lives of every young person better. Here in Baltimore, we are close to meeting all of our expenses in 23 schools by the end of the school year. But we are $10,000 short.
You can help us close that gap and ensure that Playworks can be in all our schools again next year. A gift of $45 to $125 will go a long way to ensuring that every Playworks school can be a safer place for every child in that school. Please help us reach our goal by June 15th.
From all of us at Playworks, thank you. And play on!
All our playful best,
The Playworks Baltimore Team