Playworks’ Alumni of the Month

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Playworks is proud to announce John Moore and the Alumni of the Month for March!

John Moore was a site director at Horace Mann Elementary School in downtown San Jose for 2 years. He loved everything about his time there. To this day, he tells people that it was the best job/experience of his life. What he appreciated most about working for Playworks were the different relationships that he made. When he left the school he felt like he knew each and every student on the playground. All of the staff and parents were more than supportive of everything he did and of the program itself. He felt a great sense of belonging every time he stepped onto the campus. Another wonderful aspect of the program were the numerous co-workers within Playworks that became great friends to him as well. Playworks holds a special place in his heart, and although he gave a lot to the program, he received much more in return. When he hears reports about a girl who is now in middle school and wants to be part of her basketball team or about a troubled boy who is now a leader full of confidence because of the Jr. Coach program, he can only be grateful that he was part of a program that allowed them to achieve things that they might not have otherwise. Seeing 4th and 5th graders achieve things that they had not thought possible before gave him strength in his own life. He too has a new sense of confidence and wherever it is that he will be lead to work and serve in the future, he only hopes that it can be as beneficial as Playworks was.

He is currently in his second year at Princeton Theological Seminary working on his Masters of Divinity. He is also an intern at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City and the site director for a YMCA after school program for elementary aged students in Princeton.

Thank you John Moore for your dedication and hard work!

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