High 5 for 5

  1. Updates

June marks the end of our fifth year of service in North Carolina. This year Playworks provided healthy, meaningful play to more than 18,000 kids, every day!

In Playworks schools, recess is as an opportunity to reduce bullying, provide more time for classroom teaching, and increase physical activity. Through the years, Playworks North Carolina has developed a reputation for quality, results driven programming that impacts thousands of children.

While we are excited to celebrate five years of partnership with North Carolina schools, our growth has only just begun. In the next five years, we plan to bring safe and healthy play to 180,000 children in 300 elementary schools across the state by June 30, 2020.

As we approach the end of the school year, please consider making a gift to Playworks. Your gift will help broaden our impact across the state and ensure we reach our goal.

Through our High Five for 5 campaign, if you donate $50 or more, you will receive an exclusive 5 Years of Play gift. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by June 30th, 2016. With your help, we can end our fifth year ready to make the next five even more impactful!

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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…

March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…