Get in the Game! Portland Launching ‘Playworks Parent’ Engagement Initiative

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We see it all the time, the first time a teacher or recess supervisor joins in a game of four square or wall ball, kid’s are amazed, a little shocked and a lot thrilled when adults actively play with them on the playground. Typically kids think of the adults standing on the sidelines, directing or blowing a whistle, but not ever really playing. When kids experience this, their faces light up and often immediately engage in more positive behavior.

November 17 is ‘National Parent Involvement Day’ and we all know how important parent engagement is in helping kids succeed at school but often between responsibilities at work and home; sometimes it can be difficult to find that precious time in your day. In response, Playworks Portland is launching a platform to support parents by offering ways to easily communicate best practices, tips and ideas, offering a variety of flexible volunteer opportunities and fun trainings demonstrating our philosophy of meaningful play and how to incorporate it at home and in your neighborhood.

If you have one hour per week or per month, we have a way for you to make a real difference in the lives of thousands of kids in our partner schools.

Recess: typically between
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Come out and play some 4square, tetherball and help model fair-play

Afternoon: between 3 – 5pm
Do you have a talent, skill or craft that you could teach for one hour at one or more of our After-school Programs?

Evenings: between 5 – 8pm
Could you assist at our evening leagues and help reinforce the importance great sportsmanship and teamwork.

At home: Anytime
Are you a writer, a photographer? We can always use help at special events with photos to post on our website or assistance with our blogs and researching social media channels for relevant content.

Where: All 14 of our partner schools here

We are changing the landscape of play. Click here today and you can be a game-changer too.

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