Approximately 45 adults played together on the Sunset Ridge schoolyard last week.
They were learning games and strategies to work with students on how to play well together, share, resolve conflicts, and develop leadership skills as part of a Recess Implementation Training program provided by Playworks, a national nonprofit based in Oakland that reduces playground bullying and conflicts and improves school morale through games and physical activity.
The training was funded through a $20,000 grant received from Get Healthy, San Mateo County, which works collaboratively with individuals, communities and organizations in the County to develop strategies that will reduce and prevent obesity and other health risks related to unhealthy eating and a lack of physical activity among all children in San Mateo County.
To support the creation, implementation and expansion of new ideas, Get Healthy awards funds for projects working to increase access to healthy food and beverages, increase everyday physical activity, and improve food and physical activity at schools in San Mateo County.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Pacifica,” said Wendy Tukloff, Pacifica School District superintendent, “with the goal of connecting positive play to classroom learning.”
The grant also included the City of Pacifica Daycare and Boys & Girls Club staff along with the Pacifica School District’s K-5 and K-8 teachers and staff.
Playworks trainers work on location with adults in schools and youth organizations. Through customized, high-energy workshops, and with coaching and support, teachers and other professionals learn how to use games, play strategies and group management techniques to teach kids how to play well together, share, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills.