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Shift Behavior & Accelerate Learning - PacificNW



We believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Playworks stops chaos, shifts behavior, and accelerates learning in low income elementary schools across the Pacific Northwest. You can help improve learning, support healthy living and create vibrant school communities where kids thrive.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Recess is not what it used to be. Frequent fights, limited play-time, and breakdowns in social skills have contributed to problematic and unsafe recess times. Those issues spill over into the classroom and can result in losing up to 36 hours of academic time per class, per year. Students, teachers, principals, and parents are all affected by a further strained school environment. Having a positive school climate will benefit everyone in the larger community.

How will this project solve this problem?

We send one well-trained, caring adult to each low-income school to engage all the children in physical activity every day all day. Coaches mentor, organize games at recess, lead individual class game times, run youth leadership and afterschool programs, and sports leagues. Gold standard research has proven that Playworks reduces bullying, improves school climate, increases daily physical activity, saves valuable teaching time and kids return to class ready to learn.

Potential Long Term Impact

Scientific data confirms that learning cooperative play, conflict resolution, and healthy lifestyles early on are building blocks for success to help build a constructive community. Playworks Pacific Northwest currently serves 6,000 students daily in fourteen low-income schools, and we plan to reach thousands more in the region.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $13,855
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $16,145
Total Funding Goal: $30,000


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Oakland, CA, United States

Project Leader

Jonathan Blasher

Portland, OR United States

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