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Radio celebrities Kojo Nnamdi and Angie Ange Dedicate Air Time to the Power of Play!

Kojo Nnamdi Angie Ange 

Playworks is the leading nonprofit helping kids build valuable social and emotional skills through play. Through two recent on-air interviews, NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi and Angie Ange of WKYS 93.9 are doing their part to raise awareness about the need, impact, and status of kindness, inclusion, and safe play within the DMV.

Kojo Nnamdi from the Kojo Show spoke to our Executive Director, Jennifer Gennaro Oxley; Virginia delegate, Karrie Delaney; and founder of More Recess for Virginians, Barbara Larrimore to discuss the incredible new VA recess law. This innovative law not only doubles recess time/day but also states that social and emotional learning and recess are now a part of instructional time. This means that schools are now incentivized to focus on their student’s emotional well-being along with academics! Kojo’s interview and more can be found here.


Angie Ange, Junior Coach, and Daren Haynes

Angie Ange, the recent co-host of the 2019 Junior Coach Leadership Conference at Capital One arena that celebrates our youth leaders NOW, hosted Jennifer and our Junior Coach Makayah of Payne Elementary on the WKYS public affairs show in April. The goal was to bring awareness to our awesome kids and the much-needed work we do in the community. The interview highlights Makayah, who discusses what she loves about being a leader at her school. As a Junior Coach, Makayah spoke fondly about how she is learning how to:

  • handle difficult situations,
  • help kids who feel left out to belong,
  • include everyone rather than playing with a regular small group of friends, and
  • lead her peers in new and inclusive games!

Listen to the recording here. Angie spoke about how unique and necessary Playworks is, how kindness is a more rare commodity in our society today, and how inspired she was from watching Makayah find and use her voice for good. Playworks and Leadership NOW alike want all kids to know that no one is alone and that everyone has the power to make others feel welcome and important!

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December 4, 2019

Oregon State University Study Finds High-Quality Recess Positively Impacts Student Behaviors ›

A recent study by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Services found that high-quality recess contributes to the executive function, emotional self-control, resilience, and positive classroom behavior in elementary school children. While past studies explored the benefits related to the amount of recess time, this is the first study to address…

November 12, 2019

Playworks Mid-Atlantic’s Real Players Don’t Bully Event 2019 ›

On October 30, 2019, Playworks Mid-Atlantic celebrated the culmination of the Real Players Don’t Bully Campaign with a special Let’s End Bullying event. This year Playworks Mid-Atlantic engaged numerous influencers including actor Nick Cannon, actress Lizzy Greene, musician Chris Urquiaga, CBS sports reporter Darren Haynes, and Baltimore Ravens #27 Cyrus Jones. We are honored to…

November 7, 2019

Give Kids the Childhood They Deserve ›

When kids feel included and supported at recess, they’re more likely to thrive in school and in life. Everyone deserves a chance to become the best possible version of themselves. Kids need us to make that possible for them.  Not all kids feel like they fit in at school. Feeling safe and like you belong is…