Meet Coach Carissa

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Coach Carissa is the amazing Playworks Program Coordinator (PC) at Washington Elementary School in Roselle, NJ. This is her first-year as an AmeriCorps PC and she has done an astounding job so far. In her first few months at Washington Elementary, Carissa has really worked hard to get the program up and running at her school. Within the first month of school all her students knew her schoolyard rules and cheers. Carissa is also very active in the school community and she provides assistance whenever necessary.
Carissa came up with a creative and fun way to honor the Washington Elementary Junior Coaches (a cadre of 3-5th grade leaders who support the Coach at recess). She held a Junior Coach Inauguration Ceremony; she spoke about each student and why they were chosen to be a Junior Coach.  She then presented them with the coveted purple Junior Coach shirt.
Coach Carissa you are supportive, encouraging, and you continue to instill our Core Values of Respect, Inclusion, Healthy Community, and Healthy Play. Thank you for all that you do!












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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…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

June 25, 2021

Playworks & Buffalo Sabres Partner for Girls Community Leadership Program ›

When the Buffalo Sabres Foundation was looking for ways to virtually engage their young fans after their Kids Club programming was canceled due to COVID, they turned to Playworks. Building off of the Sabres’ interest in introducing ice hockey to more girls, Playworks created the Girls Community Leadership Program. Dontae Privette, Playworks Community Engagement and…