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Playworks, a 20-year-old national organization that arrived in Milwaukee in 2011, recently reported that via its commitment to bringing safe and healthy play to children, it has directly impacted 15,000 kids across 25 schools locally.
Most of those schools are in MPS and in the School District of Waukesha. Among them, in Milwaukee, are Hartford Avenue University, Brown Street Academy, Carver Academy of Math and Science, Elm Creative Arts, La Escuela Fratney, Hopkins Lloyd, Pierce, Siefert, Allen-Field, Rogers Street Academy, Neeskara, Curtin Leadership Academy, Milwaukee French Immersion, Hawthorne, Gwen T. Jackson and Story.
In Waukesha, schools include Bethesda, Blair, Hadfield and Hawthorne STEM Elementary Schools.
The goal for the nonprofit – which focuses on inclusion, respect, healthy play and healthy community – is to multiply that number by 10 over the next four years.
"Playworks for every kid has always been our vision. After 20 years of bringing safe and healthy play to hundreds of thousands of kids across the country, Playworks has attracted $26 million in funding to bring the power of play to 10% of the nation's elementary schools," reads the Playworks Wisconsin website.
"Play improves children’s social and emotional well-being and readiness to learn. When we make safe, healthy play a priority in 7,000 elementary schools, we can reach a tipping point of change in the education system."
Now, Playworks has a new partner in BelAir Cantina, which has been supporting local causes for three years via the Powered by Tacos program. Previous partners have included the Urban Ecology Center and the skate park in Wauwatosa's Hart Park.