Coach Vanessa Makes Excellent Happen

  1. Updates

Coach Vanessa is a returning program coordinator who is no stranger to the mission and values of Playworks. Coach Vanessa is the Playworks Coach at Leahy Elementary School in Lawrence. She is a self-starter who takes great pride in providing students with a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment during recess. Coach Vanessa has an immense commitment to making a difference in her community.

During the month of September, Coach Vanessa hosted a large group of volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts at her school for an all-day service project. She was very involved in the preparation of the project, suggesting different tasks for the volunteers to complete to help make recess a more fun, inviting, and colorful environment for the Leahy community. Coach Vanessa helped to ensure that all volunteers had a great experience serving with Playworks with her positive energy, organization of projects, and execution of recess during the service day.

Coach Vanessa continued to make excellent happen at Leahy Elementary School by building excellent relationships with students, staff, and families at her school. She is always willing to host volunteers at her school during recess and ensure that volunteers have a blast. We are sure that her outgoing personality and amazing commitment to the Playworks movement will allow Coach Vanessa to continue to make excellent happen throughout the Lawrence community.

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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…

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…

coach writing letter
coach writing letter

June 22, 2022

Playworks AmeriCorps Coaches’ end of year reflections ›

Being an AmeriCorps Coach at Playworks is no small feat. Throughout the year, you are asked to complete 1,700 hours of service. Weekend service projects are common, you recruit and coach students for a basketball extravaganza, and you’re encouraged to spend a lot of time reflecting on why you chose to do a year of…