Playworks Detroit receives $25,000 grant to improve the health and well-being of children

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Playworks Detroit has received a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan. The funds will support physical activity and safe, meaningful play for elementary schools in Detroit.

Since 1996 Playworks has been transforming America’s schools, tapping into recess, working alongside teachers, developing student leadership and leveraging team play as opportunities to make an impact in a student’s readiness to learn. It is the only organization in the country focusing solely on maximizing the education impact of recess and play. Playworks serves more than 300 schools in 22 cities nationwide, reaching more than 120,000 students daily.

Playworks Detroit is the most ambitious new city expansion to date for Playworks, serving more than 18,000 elementary school children since it launched in 2010. “Our program is a valuable asset here in Detroit. One teacher recently shared with us that Playworks is proving to be an extra incentive for students to come to school and that fighting at lunchtime has significantly decreased. The Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan shares our commitment to our kids and community,” says Jeannine Gant, Detroit Executive Director.

To learn more about Playworks, please call 313-879-4934.

The Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan. The Foundation works to improve the region’s quality of life by connecting those who care, with causes that matter. The Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $482 million through more than 39,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.

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