It’s a well-worn joke: What’s your favorite subject in school?
The answer: Recess!
At Heartland Elementary, the classic one-word punch line isn’t such a stretch this year. The West Jordan school has made recess more educational, thanks to a California-based Playworks program that provides a full-time coach to lead games and tournaments during the school’s two recesses each day.
Heartland principal Aaron Ichimura latched onto the program after a one-week demonstration last spring.
“I really appreciated how many of our students were actively involved in activity,” he said, instead of merely “biding their time.”