Playworks features Coach Dawn

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Coach Dawn is a program coordinator at Mather Elementary School in Dorchester, Massachusetts and fully embodies our core values of respect, inclusion, healthy play and healthy community. Coach Dawn makes excellent happen by going above and beyond for the students in her junior coach program.

As a reward for their awesome work at recess since the start of school, Coach Dawn took her 15 junior coaches on an ice skating field trip at the Frog Pond in the Boston Common. For many of her junior coaches, this was their first time ice skating. To see the joy and laughter on their faces was priceless.

Coach Dawn is finding many ways to strengthen the junior coach program throughout Metro Boston. She recently took the initiative to write a proposal for a grant to support the junior coach program. She began by researching potential funders and narrowing her search down to a select few. Then, on her own personal time, Coach Dawn worked closely with the development team to get a better understanding of Playworks message to write a proposal for a $100,000 grant from the Riley Foundation. If awarded, this grant would be given to Playworks Metro Boston over the next two years specifically to support the junior coach program.

Coach Dawn brings a positive attitude, enthusiasm, and passion to all the Playworks components she runs. During the school day Coach Dawn can be found outside playing iron lung kickball, superstar knockout and three line soccer with her students. She brings her enthusiasm to the Playworks girls’ basketball league, where she recruited 11 fourth and fifth grade students to play on her team. She always had full attendance at each game, encouraged cheering on the sideline and made sure her players mastered the designated basketball skill for that week during practice. In her first year at Playworks Metro Boston, Coach Dawn has proven that she can make excellent happen throughout the Metro Boston community.

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August 1, 2022

2021-22 Year End Report ›

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three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

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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…