Back in the Pac!

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 Despite some clouds and a little Pacific Northwest "liquid sunshine" aka rain, nearly 6,000 students returned to 14 schools in Portland with a Playworks coach on campus ready for fun. The 2010-11 school year marks our second year bringing the power of play to Portland public schools. After weeks of intensive pre-service training to prepare our amazing coaches to work their magic on the playground, everyone is excited to start of the new year with vigor and drive.

This year we're excited to announce that all nine schools from last year have signed on for another year. Of those nine schools, six coaches will return for a second year at their site. These examples of dedication are a true testament to the power of play and our goal of building strong relationships with our partnering schools.

Returning Playworks schools: Bridger, Grout, King, Jason Lee, Markham, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Sitton and Woodlawn.

New Playworks schools: Beach, Cesar Chavez, Marysville, Ockley Green and Woodmere.

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February 4, 2022

Believe in Me Foundation Visits with Playworks ›

Julie Wukelic, from the Believe in Me Foundation for Kids, visited with our ED Asia Wisecarver and SC Paige Evans last week. Playworks PacNW was recently rewarded with a $5,000 grant from the foundation. This grant will allow us to continue our work with schools in the Spokane area. We look forward to working with…

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…