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HealthDay and The Washington Post

January 26, 2009

Recess Makes for Better Students ›

As a pediatric resident in a hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Romina M. Barros sat in on a regular first-grade class at a local elementary school. Classes started at 8:30 in the morning, lasting till noon, with one 10-minute break during which children were not allowed to talk or move from their chairs.  

San Francisco Chronicle

January 26, 2009

In Richmond, kids getting lesson in play ›

The sound of laughing children playing tag or hide-and-seek isn't often heard on the streets of Richmond's notorious Iron Triangle. Gunshots are too common, producing an unexpected casualty: Some kids have forgotten how to play.

Principal Magazine

November 12, 2008

The Elephant on the Playground ›

Ask any elementary school principal what the toughest part of the day is, and most will answer with one word: recess. That’s because recess is when most trouble starts.

Washington Post

September 17, 2008

The Recess Regimen ›

Brearn Wright Jr. remembers recess during his first year as principal of Clark Elementary School in Petworth as "like a MASH unit." "Recess time was the time the school nurse dreaded, because she knew she'd have so many kids waiting in the lobby" to be treated for injuries from fighting or falling, Wright said.

Voice of America May 7, 2008

May 7, 2008

Sports4Kids Brings Play Back to Playgrounds ›

Play seems to come naturally to children. But in many American cities, kids are spending less and less time outdoors or playing organized sports. So, Sports4Kids is reintroducing basic games back to the school playground.

The New York Times Magazine

February 17, 2008

Taking Play Seriously ›

On a drizzly Tuesday night in late January, 200 people came out to hear a psychiatrist talk rhapsodically about play — not just the intense, joyous play of children, but play for all people, at all ages, at all times.

The Examiner

September 25, 2007

Report: Schools not devoting energy, money to recess ›

A new national report on recess sheds light on the importance of the traditional activity, while criticizing school systems like D.C.’s that neither devote separate funds nor have set standards for recess

The Examiner

September 25, 2007

Report: Schools not devoting energy, money to recess ›

A new national report on recess sheds light on the importance of the traditional activity, while criticizing school systems like D.C.’s that neither devote separate funds nor have set standards for recess.  

ABC 7 San Francisco

May 23, 2007

Teaching Leadership Through Coaching ›

Some Bay Area inner city schools are trying to increase the amount of physical activity that students are exposed to. The program is called Sports4Kids and kids are not only healthier, but some are also learning what it takes to lead.