Playworks Program Roster Changes

  1. Updates

Playworks Metro Boston program welcomed some new players to the team this summer.

A veteran of both Playworks Baltimore and Detroit, Casey Kuzio took the reins of program director in July.

After a year of coordinating program at the Dever-McCormack K-8 School in Dorchester, Molly Smemo steps into a program manager role, joining the experienced trio of Amanda Drasny, Dominique Wilkins and Rebeca Pazo. Rounding out the office team is program associate Karleen Herbst, a recent graduate of Bentley University.

Working together to manage and support 32 school partnerships, the program team finally complete when our 33 coaches joined us in late August. The enthusiasm and energy among program coordinators has been palpable as we kick off the school year and bring healthy, meaningful play to over 15,000 students every day.

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January 18, 2023

Building skills through play: adult engagement at recess ›

What does adult engagement look like at recess and why is it important? Adults actively engaging on the playground is important because it encourages healthy play at recess. Playworks’ programming recognizes this and highlights the need of providing a kind and consistent adult during the school day for students to connect and build trusting relationships that…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

December 28, 2022

Looking forward to joy in 2023 ›

Over the last five weeks, we have been exploring the concept of joy. We’ve answered check-in questions on our Instagram based around joy, heard from five Coaches on Facebook about what brings them joy, and found out from students what about recess brings them so much joy. To close out the year, we have been…