Junior Coach Julian Makes Excellent Happen

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Junior Coach Julian is a 5th grade student at the West Somerville Neighborhood School with Playworks Site Coordinator Caroline and Recess Coach Dick. As a new student to the school this year, Julian was nervous he would not have an equal chance at being selected as a Junior Coach. However, Julian has strong natural leadership skills from playing on his baseball team and was already a natural role model to his younger brother in the first grade. It was no surprise that he was recommended by his classroom teacher for the program.

During the month of January, Julian flourished in his role as Junior Coach. Julian's enthusiasm for the role and his dedication to inclusion out on the recess yard has allowed him and the entire Junior Coach team to create a healthy community out at recess. During soccer games, he makes sure that each team includes all ages and that genders play together. He creates a safe and fun environment at every game he leads so students, regardless of their ability, are not afraid to jump in the game. Recess Coach Dick Johnstin is happy to have Julian as a part of the Junior Coach program and 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…