Coach Allison Makes Excellent Happen

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Coach Allison is in her third year as a Playworks program coordinator. She began her Playworks career in North Carolina in 2011, and moved her talents to Playworks Massachusetts in 2012. Coach Allison has an incredible passion and desire to help spread the Playworks movement across the country – we certainly are lucky to have her. In her two years in Massachusetts, Coach Allison has been placed at the Joseph J. Hurley K-8 School in the South End. Over these two years, she has built an incredible relationship with her school with great dedication to making excellent happen. She is involved with many after-school activities, including the gala event that helps raise money for school partners at the Hurley, including Playworks. She is a trusted member of the Hurley community, giving all students the opportunity to learn, lead and thrive.

During the month of December, Coach Allison led an initiative to help improve behaviors among students in her school. Coach Allison overheard teachers in her school one day commenting on the some insincere behavior they observed in and out of the classroom. Upset this was happening, Coach Allison decided to spearhead a solution to this problem. She created a special Class Game Time unit that focused on sincerity and created games that would help students understand the importance of being genuine and honest. In fact, teachers are commenting that they are really noticing a difference in the behavior of their students.

As a third year coach, Allison continues take on an enormous leadership role at leagues. Allison is encouraging high-fives and positive sporting behavior among all the Hurley students. She is always lending a helping hand at leagues, willing to referee extra games to make sure the night goes smoothly. Coach Allison is devoted to making excellent happen in the Playworks Massachusetts community, we are excited to see what the future holds for Coach Allison.

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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…