Coach DC Makes Excellent Happen

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Coach DC is a second-year program coordinator who brings a special energy to each school day, fully demonstrating the Playworks core values. In her second year at Playworks Massachusetts, Coach DC has returned to the King K-8 School in Dorchester. Over her two years at this school, Coach DC has built incredible relationships with students, staff and faculty. She has worked extremely hard to transform the school environment to a place where all students feel safe, included and ready to learn. She is committed to the school community, often times volunteering for extracurricular activities. For instance, she volunteered to bring the King Running Club Group to the Boston Marathon Relays the Saturday before the Marathon. And she helped to run practices throughout the winter to prepare for the event and went to the relays to help coach and cheer her students on.

During the month of May, Coach DC was awarded the UMass Boston Civic Engagement Preceptor Award for hosting UMass Boston volunteers at her school throughout the entire spring semester. She was recognized as a leader in the field of exercise and health science, as someone who has consistently participated in precepted experiences and possesses practical expertise, and has served as a mentor to college students. The UMass Boston volunteers attended recess throughout the spring to play alongside Coach DC and her students. She worked with these volunteers to write a lesson plan for a Junior Coach training focusing on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Coach DC continues to enhance her students’ lives by being an integral part of the school community. Coach DC can always be found in the school hallways smiling, handing out high fives and asking students how they are doing. Additionally, she volunteered at the annual Playworks 5K Run for Recess and helped capture the ending time of all runners. She gave each participant a high five as they crossed the finish line, ensuring that all 650 runners were celebrated. With her incredible passion for serving the community and dedication to the Playworks core values, we are confident Coach DC will continue to make excellent happen throughout Massachusetts.

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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…