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September 15, 2015

Playworks Honored as Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to be a recipient of the 2015 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2015 Nonprofit,” says Jill Vialet, Playworks’ CEO and Founder, “The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Playworks…

September 15, 2015

Meet Coach Mary ›

Believe it or not, Coach Mary did not ride a school bus or enter an elementary school until college; she was homeschooled. She has lived in Minnesota all her life and graduated from the University of Minnesota. Some of Coach Mary's favorite things are: riding bikes, eating ice cream, doing spoken word, making cards, spending…

March 25, 2015

Meet Coach MJ ›

Coach MJ is a proud Minnesota native, born and bred in South Minneapolis. Before joining the Playworks family for the start of the 2013-14 school year, Coach MJ was working with the YMCA.  For the past two years he's been bringing rock, paper, scissors, cheers, and high-fives to the students and faculty of Lucy Laney Elementary School in North Minneapolis, and loving every…

March 10, 2015

Minnesota PlayCorps Members and National Days of Service ›

  Playworks Minnesota is proud to have ten AmeriCorps members serving with us for the 2014-15 school year. Our PlayCorps members, as we like to call them, have been bringing the power of play to schools throughout the Twin Cities since September, and have had the opportunity to serve our greater community through projects on three National…

October 16, 2014

Experience Playworks at Education Minnesota’s 2014 Professional Conference ›

On Thursday, October 16, Playworks will be presenting The Power of Play from 1:30 to 2:30PM in Ballroom F at Education Minnesota's 2014 Professional Conference at Saint Paul RiverCentre. This event is open to the public. Learn how to change school climate by creating a safe, inclusive environment where children receive the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical benefits of an…

August 27, 2014

Playworks Minnesota Featured in August’s Minnesota Monthly ›

Have you checked out the August issue of Minnesota Monthly? In it you will find an expansive feature on Playworks and the state of play in Minnesota. The article includes interviews with Playworks’ Founder and CEO Jill Vialet, Coach Heather and Heights Principal Jayne Ropella. The story also highlights how play is becoming serious business in the state…

March 18, 2014

General Mills grant fuels more play in Minnesota ›

General Mills Foundation is making a significant investment in helping Playworks Minnesota create a healthy and productive classroom and recess environment for more youth in Minneapolis. The General Mills Foundation has awarded Playworks Minnesota a $100,000 grant, expanding on prior support from the foundation. The funding will help Playworks continue serving schools in Minnesota with a specific…

February 20, 2014

Gaga Pit Invigorates Indoor Recess ›

When Coach Saja learned that Sport Resource Group had donated a Gaga Pit to Playworks Minnesota last month, she immediately asked if American Indian Magnet School (AIMS) could be the first to try it out. After a successful introduction to the game during our Junior Coach Conference last month, the gaga pit was set up in the lobby of…

February 20, 2014

Meet Coach Mattie ›

Coach Mattie joined the Playworks team this fall after graduating from Mcalester last spring with a degree in Latin American Studies.  Coach Mattie has now been bringing High-5s, Rock-Paper-Scissors, and laughs to recess for over four months, and she's got the hula hoop skills to prove it.   What was your favorite recess game growing up: Oh!  I loved Kickball as…