On November 15, 2012 — Children play various games on the blacktop at their program with leadership from Playworks coach, Luciano Mondolo, program cordinator at Cesar Chavez, and Eric Lane, program manager (Purple shirt), Thursday at Cesar Chavez Elementary school at 12110 Walnut St., in Norwalk, Calif.

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that transforms schools by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. Through its on-site direct service and trainer-led professional development workshops, Playworks restores valuable teaching time, reduces bullying, increases physical activity and improves the school and learning environment.

Playworks’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

Jill Vialet, the CEO and founder of Playworks, is a recipient of the 2013 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.