A playground program at many Portland-area elementary schools significantly curbs bullying, improves school climate and increases vigorous student activity, a new study shows.
But for Playworks, a national nonprofit organization that partners with 13 local schools and provides training in 40 others, the study results on its program come as no surprise. Anecdotal reports of success from teachers, principals and parents have been long standing. But now, a study backs them up.
"The power of this data goes beyond supporting our mission and impact," said Jonathan Blasher, executive director for Playworks Portland. "By providing the external research that is statistically significant, this all validates our previous assumptions."