Making our Schools Beautiful

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With enthusiasm and support from volunteers and community members, Playworks  hosted  two school beautification projects with our partner schools, Jason Lee School and Cesar Chavez School.

Playworks and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide employees invited the community to get on their hand dirty andcleanup the playground-and-grounds at Cesar Chavez School. The event brought more than 20 volunteers together to plant flowers, rake debris off playgrounds, remove weeds off the blacktop, and cleanup up trash. After all the hard work, volunteers enjoyed a BBQ hosted by the school after the event. Job well done!

Hundreds of community volunteers alongside the Portland Timbers, the Portland Thorns, or the mascot Timber Joey got involved in the 2013 Stand Together Week. This year Playworks hosted volunteers at Jason Lee School to make the playground sparkle. With donations of paint and supplies from Miller Paint Co., Powell Paint Center, Rodda Paint Co., and Beaumont Hardware, we were able to add a fresh and colorful coat of paint to the Lee playground.  Joined by the Portland Timbers ambassador and former player, Bruce Fagan, and Portland Thorns player, Elizabeth Guess, volunteers gave a much needed facelift to the playground. Addition of colorful lines, new bark dust for the jungle gym, and weeding, all helped the school look beautiful and ready for a new school year. Stand Together Week is a call to action to get involved in the community. The week consists of multiple volunteer projects with various nonprofit organizations throughout the city, and engages supporters, hundreds of volunteers, Timbers and Thorns players and staff, and numerous community partners.  Each project will have a meaningful impact on the community with an overall focus on benefitting youth and the environment.

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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.…