Junior Coach Arvin Makes Excellent Happen

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Junior Coach Arvin is a student at the Bowditch Elementary School in Salem with Coach Kristin. Arvin is a natural born leader that is shining as a Junior Coach. He is reliable and steps right in to resolve conflicts. He promotes healthy play by ensuring all students are having fun and engaged at recess. If a grade is having difficulty listening, he takes the initiative to say "Give Me Five", which is the school's signal for being quiet and ready.

During the month of November, Arvin truly demonstrated his value as a leader when a first grade student was having a difficult time at recess. Without prompting, he spoke with the student, and got him back on track, all while using kind and firm language. This student now often asks to be Arvin's helper. It is moments like these that show his drive to excel at being a Junior Coach.

Junior Coach Arvin has taken the initiative to work with students and teachers to create an incentive system to encourage students to follow the dress code.  His teachers appreciate the way he contributes to class discussions and volunteers to help others. He understands how to balance his responsibilities, yet still retains his playful side. The school and Playworks community appreciate Arvin for his respectful behavior, focus in his academics, and kindness towards others. We look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a student, leader, and Junior Coach.

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January 18, 2023

Building skills through play: adult engagement at recess ›

What does adult engagement look like at recess and why is it important? Adults actively engaging on the playground is important because it encourages healthy play at recess. Playworks’ programming recognizes this and highlights the need of providing a kind and consistent adult during the school day for students to connect and build trusting relationships that…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

December 28, 2022

Looking forward to joy in 2023 ›

Over the last five weeks, we have been exploring the concept of joy. We’ve answered check-in questions on our Instagram based around joy, heard from five Coaches on Facebook about what brings them joy, and found out from students what about recess brings them so much joy. To close out the year, we have been…