Using the ‘power of play’ in schools

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Playworks Executive Director Don Fowler was the guest speaker for the Kiwanis Club of Durham April 10.  

Playworks places coaches in low-income elementary schools across the country, including 18 schools in Durham and Wake counties which run a full-day program centered on play.

 "We believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid and we are using play in 18 schools across the Triangle to work with over 9,000 children every school day," says Fowler.  "On our playground, kids are more active, safer and get along better  and this leads to a better overall school climate at our partner schools."

This is the third school year Playworks has served local schools.  In addition to placing personnel at Triangle area schools, Playworks will begin training Charlotte-Mecklenburg employees within months so that even more North Carolina students will get the benefit of Playworks programming.

Adds Fowler, "while we are focused on Durham and Wake counties with our direct service programming, we can train anywhere in the state.  We are so excited to take Playworks on the road to Charlotte.  Just like Durham and Wake County school systems, the leaders in Charlotte believe in the power of play."