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October 22, 2014

5 Years of Play in the Pacific Northwest! ›

2009-2010 Playworks opens the Portland office on June 30, 2009 Starts partnerships with 8 schools in the Portland metro area and adds a 9th school mid-year 7 AmeriCorps members serving the Portland area KATU features Playworks at Woodlawn School in NE Portland 2010-2011 Playworks named one of Oregon Business Journal's Top 100 Nonprofits to Work…

October 7, 2014

Meet our Coaches ›

  Coach Arone, AmeriCorps Member Cesar Chavez School, Portland Public School District Favorite Sport: Soccer       Coach Courtney Alder, Reynolds School District Favorite Sport: Basketball       Coach Chelsea Grout Elementary, Portland Public School District Favorite Game: BUMP       Coach Erik Reedville Elementary, Hillsboro School District Favorite Sport: Hockey      …

October 7, 2014

Portland Children’s Levy Invests in Play! ›

  The Portland Children’s Levy will invest $33 million over the next three years in 57 programs benefitting Portland children, one of those programs being Playworks. These investments span a three-year period from July 2014 through June 2017. The funds will reach thousands of city children and families to provide: A smoother route to kindergarten…

September 25, 2014

Laureus Foundation, Playworks Partnering to Create a Generation of Leaders through Sport ›

This June, I had the opportunity to visit a Playworks recess at Jason Lee School in Portland, where I learned about the support Playworks provides to my community. As Head Coach for the US Olympic Snowboarding & Freeskiing Teams, Halfpipe & Slopestyle, I found myself intrigued by the coaching mechanisms being created and taught by…

May 2, 2014

4 Things I Learned at my Playworks Internship ›

Cassandra Marshall is a recent college graduate who recently completed a six month internship with Playworks Pacific Northwest. Cassandra supported Playworks both in the office and on the playground by doing research for grants, supporting volunteer recruitment, getting in the game herself and more. (She is seated on the left in the picture above.) As a…

May 1, 2014

Coach into the Classroom ›

Abby Peterson served two years as an AmeriCorps member with Playworks before making the transition into the classroom. Abby is now a kindergarten teacher at one of our partner school. After several months in the classroom, Abby reflects on how her experience with Playworks has influenced her teaching. My career in education started many years ago and has been…

April 21, 2014

Volleyball season draws to thrilling close ›

Playworks’co-ed volleyball leagues came to a close after five awesome weeks where fourth and fifth grade players bumped it, set it, spiked it—because that’s the way they like it!  Cheers rang out in gyms across the Portland metro area as teams developed their volleyball skills in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Every week there was a…

March 14, 2014

Bellevue School District features Playworks in Washington State ›

The power of play has made a seriously positive impact on schools in the Bellevue School District. Located just east of Seattle, Bellevue contracted Playworks trainers to lead professional development programs for the whole district. As a result, they have already seen marked improvement in positive behavior on and off the playground. Discipline referrals have been cut in…

March 10, 2014

Jill Vialet visits Portland and reads Recess Rules ›

Playworks Pacific Northwest had the pleasure of supporting and hosting a special book event in the Alberta Art District. Founder and CEO, Jill Vialet read excerpts from her new book titled “Recess Rules” at Green Bean Books. The chapter book tells the story of four friends who take back recess with the help of Clarence,…