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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. 

Our students have really taken ownership of running games on the playground themselves and inviting kids from all grades to play. Students who were reluctant to play at recess get involved because they feel welcome, which relieves any sense of stress or pressure they may have felt before.

Nicole Svee Magann

Principal, Altara Elementary, Sandy, UT

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November 9, 2018

Breaking Down Barriers on the Playground ›

During my first week of recess at Stansbury, I met a little boy named Brian. I noticed Brian immediately because he is the only student in a school of 940…

March 5, 2018

Making a Big Impact One Interaction at a Time ›

  In honor of AmeriCorps week, we’d like to highlight a story from one of our AmeriCorps members. Coach Courtney, is making a difference one day at a time by being…

March 28, 2016

Playworks Utah is Putting ‘Fun’ and ‘Fitness’ Back into Recess ›

KSL recently did a fantastic feature about Playworks. A reporter shadowed Coach Blake at Academy Park Elementary School and came away impressed with a first-hand experience of how Playworks puts…

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