Principal Rich Leeman is a Recess Rockstar

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Safe and healthy play would not be possible at our partner schools without the support of dedicated administration. We are grateful that we were able to launch Playworks at the Hathaway Elementary School this year with the support of an energetic and hands-on principal like Rich Leeman.

Mr. Leeman has been the principal at the Hathaway Elementary in New Bedford for two years. For Mr. Leeman, the whole school is his office. At any point during the day you might find him in classrooms, on the playground, or checking in with students around school. Mr. Leeman models what he expects of students on a daily basis, and students respect him because of it.

According to a 4th grade teacher at the Hathaway, “Students love having him at recess being supportive! He’s been awesome and it’s been great seeing him come out and hang out with the students.”

According to a 5th grade teacher, “Rich is undefeated in Knockout this year!”

Mr. Leeman understands the importance of play, not only to have fun, but to create a positive culture at school. Playworks practices of using Rock, Paper, Scissors to solve conflicts and giving high-fives and saying “good job, nice try” when students lose a game have been fully adopted by the Hathaway this year.

Rich Leeman is a leader who cares about his students and always makes sure he is accessible to them. It is rock star school staff members like Mr. Leeman whose hard work make Playworks programming possible. Keep up the great work, Mr. Leeman!

 

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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…