On April 8, Washington Parks Elementary School had their Community Engagement Initiative, Kickin’ it with the Community, organized by Coach Chris. Coach Kat and Coach Mark were on hand to help out and make the event a success!
All Playworks partner schools with AmeriCorps coaches will host Community Engagement Initiatives planned by the coach to directly address a need that the coach and the school community identify. Kickin’ it with the Community was the first of these events.
Kickin’ it with the Community featured stations from local businesses and community centers, each of which provided information on their services to parents and students. Participants included UnitedHealthcare, Detroit Recreation Department, YMCA, Fifth Third Bank, and Mosaic Youth Theater. UnitedHealthcare’s station focused on making vegetables approachable and exciting while engaging students in a conversation about their age and eating healthy to grow strong.
Coaches Chris, Kat, and Mark provided parents, school staff, and kids with a chance to get active and play games. Program Director Ava Jackson said “Everyone had a wonderful time. It was great to see the adults and kids playing together. Playworks gives kids the chance to see the fun side of their teachers and parents, and adults have the chance to learn new games to incorporate into their daily life. This event was such a success and I can’t wait for the next one!”