Playworks recently invited Dr. Rudy Crew, Oregon’s Chief Education Office, to visit our program at Grout Elementary. He was joined by Superintendent Carole Smith, Portland Public Schools Superintendent and other friends.*
The group saw first hand how Playworks can improve the learning environment and community at schools. They also joined the Playworks Junior Coaches in a game of Ro-Sham-Bo Rockstar, experienced a class game time and went outside to catch some recess. This was a significant opportunity for Playworks to share the power of play in the Northwest.
Playworks looks forward to the opportunity of being part of the discussion in our state's educational plan.
*Dan Field, Kaiser Permanente Director of External Affairs
Nichole June Maher, Northwest Health Foundation CEO and Oregon Education Investment Board member
Matt Morton, PPS School Board and NAYA Executive Director
Sue Ann Higgens, PPS Chief Academic Officer
Larry Dashiell, PPS Regional Administrator
Chris Kabel, NW Health Foundation Senior Program Officer
Brian Berchtold, Playworks Board Chair and Hubbub Health Director of Business Development
Harriette Thurber-Rasmussen, Managing Partner at Abeo School Change
Jennie Day-Burget, Account Director at Prichard Communications
Candace Granfelt, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Oregon Education Investment Board
Karina España, intern at Northwest Health Foundation