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Playworks brings out the best in every kid, through play. 

We build a culture of play that enables kids to feel a real sense of belonging. Partnering with teachers, principals, and parents, we make sure kids have the opportunity to contribute on the playground, in the classroom, and in our community. A randomized control trial found that compared to students at similar schools, Playworks students were more physically active and teachers reported that students had greater feelings of school safety and less bullying behavior. Learn more about our impact. 

Anytime we can get students involved in games and activities, we’re going to see improved behavior, more focused students when they get back to the classroom, and I think the opportunity, particularly for the older student leaders, provides an amazing leadership opportunity. We’re seeing some of those students really turn around their outlook and have a more positive identity because they are seen as a leader among their peers.

Matthew Utterback

Superintendent, North Clackamas School District, Portland, OR

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March 1, 2017

An AmeriCorps Poem ›

A Playworks Office In a Year of Service by PacNW AmeriCorps coaches   My punch card is 100 high-fives. My dress code is muddy shoes, stretchy pants, a whistle,  a smile, and this Playworks shirt. People shout in my office…

May 24, 2016

Stepping Up for Education ›

Playworks, KGW and OnPoint Community Credit Union are Stepping up for Education in the Pacific Northwest.

April 19, 2016

Playworks Training Ignites Recess at Woodland School ›

Teachers from Woodland Primary School attended a two-day Playworks training to revamp recess and engage more kids on the playground. The implementation of the program resulted in even more beneficial outcomes. Students were more inclusive at recess and teachers taught…

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