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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May 25, 2021

Recess Reboot at the Guilmette Elementary School ›

Playworks knows that recess is one of the most critical opportunities for students to be physically active, build core social-emotional skills, and build relationships with their peers. However, recess can often be a source of stress and chaos for schools – especially in light of new guidelines and restrictions due to COVID-19. For some added…

Principal Coleen Smith
Principal Coleen Smith

May 24, 2021

Recess Rocks in RI prioritizes Rhode Island students’ health and well-being throughout COVID-19 crisis ›

Recess Champions program recognizes educators who have made play a priority   Recess Rocks in Rhode Island, a six-year old partnership of Playworks New England, the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), has launched an initiative to recognize school professionals who have made it a priority…

May 21, 2021

Six Boston Schools Receive $25,000 in Wellness Grants After Helping Get Boston Back in Motion ›

More Than 3,000 Students Participate in Month-Long Effort Aimed at Improving Health and Well-Being of Youth BOSTON  – Boston Back in Motion, an effort to get young people across Boston to stay active as schools transition back to in-person learning, on Friday awarded six Boston schools a total of $25,000 in wellness grants for participating…