Back in the Pac!

  1. Updates

 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.

More Updates


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…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…