For the younger children, Playworks uses play to transform schools’ culture and climate, serving 10,000 Indiana kids every day. Students involved in the program learn to channel natural leadership abilities into an inclusive environment and learn valuable collaboration skills. Marc McAleavy, executive director of Playworks Indiana, says the group’s methods are data-proven.
“Last year in our partner schools, we had an 86 percent decrease in bullying. The direct impact of playing more is that kids become more kind,” he said.