Coach Mika Makes Excellent Happen

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Playworks Metro Boston's October Coach of the Month, Coach Mika is a second year program coordinator with an immense passion for play. She returned to Manning Elementary School with the hope of continuing the healthy and inclusive community she worked so hard to build in her first year.

During the month of October, Mika made excellent happen throughout the Playworks community by being a team player and becoming a role model for her peers and her students. Always willing to assist those in need, Mika co-lead the Mentor/Mentee program, planned and facilitated several all staff trainings and hosted first year PCs at her school.

Mika maintainins a healthy community by recruiting many students and families from her school to attend the 2012 Play Across the City.  And the proof is in the whipped cream pie she got thrown in her face.

She is passionate about having her students become active and engaged, which can be seen through the Field Day she organized for her school, the running club she has implemented at recess and the Fit Kid Challenge she is planning for the month of February.

Coach Mika has witnessed firsthand the power of play and the importance it can have in the lives of her students. Her ongoing commitment to her school, the Playworks community and her peers is truly admirable. We are confident that Coach Mika will continue to make excellent happen throughout the school year — not only at the Manning, but throughout all Metro Boston. 

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August 1, 2022

2021-22 Year End Report ›

After two years of isolation and adapted schooling, our students and staff spent a full year together in school buildings. We continued innovating to meet the needs of students, schools, and partners. Our return to in-person events was filled with joy, and throughout it all, bringing the healing power of play to students across New…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

parent playing with kids outside
parent playing with kids outside

July 21, 2022

Games to play at home this summer ›

Are you looking for games to play at home using only things found around your house? Look no further! In case you haven’t heard – school’s out for summer! With long stretches of hot days still to come, you might be looking forward to playing some new games with your family or people in your…