Save Playworks at Bridger School campaign

  1. Updates

One of the original eight Playworks Portland schools is facing district-wide budget challenges and their PTA wants to make sure Playworks comes back for a third year at Jim Bridger School. The inspiring efforts of Playworks Coach Jay Flewelling has made a positive impact within the school community and raised the demand for our youth development and recess support program. The combined efforts of Principal Christina Daily, Bridger PTA President Deborah Dimoff and the school community are collaborating on a number of events to raise funds for various projects including Playworks.

How can you help? Check out what the kids have to say in this awesome video their school produced about saving Playworks. Also take a look at the PTA's Save Playworks at Bridger website for more info about how you can spread the word, events to attend, and ways to show your support! Bridger school is organizing a number events through the end of the year including deals through Amazon.com, participating in the 82nd Ave Roses Parade, a school play, spirit day at school, a photography show, Jim Bridger Mt. Man Fun Run, PTA movie night, Run for the Arts, gallery walk, spring concert and a year end bike ride. 

In PTA President Deborah Dimoff's words, "The Playworks Coach at Bridger is our children's constant…Teaching games is the foundation in which our Playworks Coach opens a dialogue to talk to students in all grades about inclusion, respect, leadership, sportsmanship, attitude, teamwork, and academic excellence. Without our [Playworks] Coach, Bridger will lose a valued resource that helps our children grow and strengthens the school community."

More Updates


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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…