Junior Coach Conference is here again!

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The Junior Coach Conference is the time when we get to celebrate the hard work of  the Junior coaches, those 4th and 5th grade students best known for wearing bright purple shirts on the playground. On March 18th, more than 150 Junior Coaches from all over Portland gathered at Rigler Elementary to play games and participate in exciting workshops to increase their leadership skills. This is a valuable time for kids to learn from each other, and for us to honor and appreciate the hard work of the students and the positive improvement they have made on their schools.

The morning began with kids from each school performing cheers and songs to introduce themselves. They then spent a fun-filled day playing team building games, such as the Maze Game and One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish , practicing public speaking, and creating their own mini-commercials for Playworks. They even had a chance to teach others their favorite recess game. We wrapped up with an awesome scavenger hunt and a slide show of the day.

We would especially like to give a HUGE thank you to all of the Playworks Program Coordinators for bringing their Junior Coaches to the conferences!

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