Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program

Speaking of local, there’s something that keeps children from fighting on the playground, reduces injuries, and a lot more What is this miracle? Here’s a report from a playground that’s growing more peaceful at Twin Peaks Elementary

You know, children need to feel safe when they’re at school having fun, and the Peaceful Playground Program actually promises that and a whole lot more, and all you really need to get started is some paint on the ground, some playground equipment, and suddenly you’re just learning and getting new skills The third graders at Twin Peaks School in Marana are in training, learning to play new games and getting valuable lesson, including simple problem-solving ideas Teacher This is a Peaceful Playground Do we tolerate bullies? Students No!

There are high expectations with the Peaceful Playgrounds Program Student It’s going to eliminate all the bullies, for the bullies can have more games to play and they won’t fight

Now, about those new games the children are learning, they really seem to be a hit Student Some of the games, I’ve heard about, and my friends have played them, so I really wanted to know how to play

Peaceful Playgrounds is for the whole school, kindergarten through sixth grade It includes games painted on concrete and plenty of play equipment The children would get a lot more choices during recess Principal It also really encourages active lifestyles and fitness, gets the kids actively playing games, and it makes the playground a fun atmosphere for them

And, it turns out, hopscotch, jump rope, and beanbag tosses can do so much more than that, including a surprise bonus — fewer children getting hurt Principal You can imagine, if kids are congested, they’re more likely to fall or bump one another or get hurt, whereas with this program, the kids are spread throughout the playground

It seems like plenty of bang for the buck, but what do the students think? Student It’s really, really, really fun

Now, Peaceful Playgrounds is in schools all across the country Three schools in Tucson are looking into it, and that includes Twin Peaks, of course Twin Peaks is spending about $, for all this equipment and a lot more stuff just to get started They’ve used a federal grant and money from students and parents that they have raised to pay for it In about three months, the students are going to be surveyed and they’re going to find out if really all of this lives up to what it promises.