October 1, 2021

Blue Across Rhode Island: Making Recess Rock! ›

Since its innovative launch in November of 2015, Recess Rocks in Rhode Island (RRIRI) has spread safe and healthy play across the Ocean State through a collaborative partnership between Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BSBSRI), Playworks, and Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC). This partnership is one of a kind, as it…

September 28, 2021

Nettle Middle School’s Recess Rockstar ›

When Juan Lluberes left law enforcement a few years ago, he wasn’t planning on heading back to recess. As he began as the Student Support Coordinator at Nettle Middle School in Haverhill, though, it seemed that’s where most of the problems were.  The leadership team at Nettle was proud to offer recess for all of…

September 15, 2021

Creating an Inclusive Playground ›

When children feel included on the playground, it gives them the space to learn and grow in an environment that they know will celebrate their wins and encourage them to learn from their mistakes. As recently highlighted on NBC, health experts are stressing inclusion for school children, which is why we’re focusing on it as…

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September 8, 2021

Playworks Goes Back to School! ›

We know how important addressing children’s emotional needs is to recover from the learning loss and trauma felt throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s where Playworks steps in. Over the past few months, we have been preparing for modified in-person programming with the intention of bringing an impactful, safe, and fun recess to every child in…

June 1, 2021

Coaching During COVID-19: A Reflection ›

My name is Coach Leah and I’m a second year coach at the Rafael Hernández School in Roxbury, MA. In March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools, I was anxious to see how being a Playworks Coach translated into a virtual setting. Immediately, the Playworks team dove into ways to bring play into…