Improve Outcomes for Pacific NW Kids through Play

by Playworks Vetted since 2010


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.

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We live in extraordinary times. We struggle to make sense of the catastrophes, threats, and conflicts we see at a distance and up close. Sometimes, we even forget that we have a real capacity to impact what happens in our own communities. We may not be able to stop natural disasters or political strife, but together we can make sure all children know what it feels like to be part of a healthy, caring community-at school, every day, starting with recess.


New research suggests that the relationships we build between students and adults on the playground are a "preventative factor," buffering children against adverse experiences. Playworks provides a caring, consistent adult to teach traditional recess games, simple conflict resolution tools, and the joy of physical activity. Playworks empowers teachers and administrators to integrate these tools throughout the day, creating a positive school environment where kids are engaged and want to learn.

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 benefits 12,600 kids daily in 28 low-income schools, and with your support, we plan to reach thousands more in the region.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information


Location: Oakland, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Playworks Education Energized
Portland, OR United States
$15,780 raised of $30,000 goal
68 donations
$14,220 to go
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