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.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TODAY!

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.

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December 5, 2019

Playworks named in Top 10 Volunteer Opportunities in Oakland in 2019 ›

Playworks has been featured as one of Great Nonprofits 10 Top Volunteer Opportunities in Oakland in 2019. Thanks to our fans for your support! The list was compiled based on volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Oakland charities. Every nonprofit on this list earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org. “My…

Indoor recess
Indoor recess

December 5, 2019

Make the Most of Indoor Recess ›

By the time winter break comes, many schools have had more indoor recess than planned. Even if some students are accustomed to snow and frigid temperatures, the weather can sometimes still prevent outdoor play. Educators feel the effect of being confined to indoor recess just like their students, but they know play is important for…

December 4, 2019

Oregon State University Study Finds High-Quality Recess Positively Impacts Student Behaviors ›

A recent study by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Services found that high-quality recess contributes to the executive function, emotional self-control, resilience, and positive classroom behavior in elementary school children. While past studies explored the benefits related to the amount of recess time, this is the first study to address…