Play and Peaceful Protests? Yes!!!

  1. Updates

Black History Month has been implemented exceptionally well at Charles Henry in Mt. Airy. The focus has not only been on the culture and struggle for civil rights for African-Americans, but it has also been an excellent tool in educating the students about the benefit of peaceful protest. The students seemed to have learned a valuable lesson.

After a Class Game Time with one of my second grade classes, I was walking the students back to class as another second grade class quietly walked out. The two class turned around and joined each other and all of the students started walking slowly toward me. They then started to sing a protest song from the Civil Rights Movement:

“Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around, turn me around, turn me around,
ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around,
I’m gonna keep on walking and keep on talking and,
marching to the freedom land”

However, in the second verse they substituted “nobody” with “Coach Chris”. The students slowly circled around me and linked arms in the same way as the famous peaceful protests. Some held up signs saying, “We are responsible!,” “We are up for the task! Let us be Junior Coaches!,” and “Coach Chris, you need us!”. As I was completely moved by what they did, I agreed to let them help and the kids erupted with cheers. Not only did they accomplish their goal, but they also learned a valuable lesson in the power that peaceful protests can have if everyone stands united as a team!

More Updates


August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

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,…