Playworks redefining recess at a dozen metro Detroit schools - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Playworks redefining recess at a dozen metro Detroit schools

Posted: Updated:
Jeanine Gant explained what Playworks is doing at a dozen schools in metro Detroit. Jeanine Gant explained what Playworks is doing at a dozen schools in metro Detroit.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Recess at Academy of the Americas in southwest Detroit is 20 minutes out of the day where all kids have to do is play, and that time is more valuable than you think.

"If you can actually get the kids out, physically active, teach them some conflict resolution skills, give them the opportunity to learn rules and play with their peers, that you actually increase academic time because teachers don't have to deal with the conflicts that come off playground yard," said Jeanine Gant with Playworks.

However, that time is being cut at some schools.

"Schools are really eliminating or reducing recess time for kids and especially if you're in a low income area, and a lot of it is because of bullying and fighting and lack of funding, lack of supervision," Gant said.

That is where Playworks comes in. The staff and their junior coaches play one-on-one with students creating a safe environment where kids can just have fun and learn some important lessons, many of which they teach to each other.

The lessons they are learning on the playground are making a difference in the classroom and beyond.

"It's helping them make good decisions about their own health and about how active they are, so it's really a lot of life skills that they're learning," Gant said.

Playworks is in twelve schools throughout metro Detroit and six within DPS. They are hoping to give even more elementary school kids a chance to play.

It costs $60,000 to operate a Playworks program in just one school. The school provides some of the money, but Playworks has to raise the rest. If you're interested in helping Playworks or you want to know how to get them in your school, visit their website at www.playworks.org/Detroit.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:08:38 GMT
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap.
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap. Authorities also say they are now looking for a small motorcycle in addition to the gray, dented van seen in the area.
  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:05:54 GMT
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices