Coach Jonah Brings the JFK Community Together

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Coach Jonah is a first-year Playworks Coach at the John F. Kennedy School in Jamaica Plain.

Jonah starts every day by greeting students and families at the JFK with a high five and a friendly face. Jonah has made a big effort this year to create a sense of community at school. Jonah did a great job recruiting parents to volunteer at his youth basketball and volleyball leagues. On the last night of the girls’ basketball league in April, Jonah invited parents, teachers, and school administrators to support and join students on the court and he saw a fantastic turn out.

Jonah is always willing to provide a helping hand. This year at the JFK’s R.E.A.C.H (Respect, Effort, Accountability, Consideration, and Honesty) event, Jonah’s fifteen Junior Coaches each ran stations and presented to parents and students in attendance. They taught the importance of the JFK’s school values and how to show respect and inclusion through play.

Since day one, Jonah has been motivated to make an impact at his school. He works closely with lunch staff to make sure that recess is running smoothly so students do not miss any opportunities for safe and healthy play. Whatever he is doing, you can be sure Jonah is doing it with a smile on his face.

We are proud to have a dedicated, positive coach like Jonah representing Playworks in the Boston community. We are confident that he will continue to transform the school community at the JFK for the remainder of the school year.

Coach Jonah and his girls’ basketball team from the JFK school.

 

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