We live in extraordinary times. We struggle to make sense of the catastrophes, threats, and conflicts we see at a distance and up close. Sometimes, we even forget that we have a real capacity to impact what happens in our own communities. We may not be able to stop natural disasters or political strife, but we can most certainly do something for the children.
Together, we can make sure all children know what it feels like to be part of a healthy, caring community—at school, every day.
You know a healthy community when you see it. It’s a place where children absorb the lessons that matter most: that we can achieve more together; that kindness makes hard times less scary; that everyone belongs. Those lessons help classroom lessons stick, because feeling safe and feeling needed make it easier to learn.
That’s the kind of community Playworks creates in elementary schools, starting with recess.
For 21 years, Playworks has used traditional recess games, simple conflict resolution tools, and the joy of physical activity to make the most of kids’ limited recess time at school. On our playgrounds, kids invite each other to join in. They resolve their own conflicts by playing rock, paper, scissors. When we play, everyone is welcome.
We need each other to play. Even in a game of tag or foursquare, kids need each other to keep the game going; fighting just gets in the way.
Play brings people together to learn how to give and receive help. It teaches kids and adults the importance of listening to each other and being heard.
That’s why we need your support. Together, we’ll ensure one million kids in 2,000 schools experience safe and healthy play this year, are included in the school community, and that recess can lead the way to positively impact our community.