All Blog Posts Tagged 'school' (10)

Schools + City = Play + Greenspace = Community Transformation


Although the participants in last night’s Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Forum on Greenspace…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 14, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Spring Into Action-Help Get West End Kids an Imagination Playground!

An Imagination Playground in Action at Atlanta's Bethune Elementary School

We need to raise $1,000 this week to ship an Imagination Playground to Atlanta's E.L. Connally School in the West End in time to surprise the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 28, 2015 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Play! Play! Play!

What if children's education opened them up to the passion, talent, and joy inside their hearts and minds? What if?

Tonight I saw a wonderful story on Sixty MInutes about a symphony in Kinshasa in Congo. The musicians played and sang with such joy. It seemed that most came to music very late and thanks only to the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 8, 2012 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Wait. Play at School Is a Good Thing?

This is one of the best videos I've seen that clearly shows the importance of natural play at schools. Take a look. It is from my friends at School Grounds UK. Maybe we can get something going in Atlanta to improve our playgrounds AND increase the amount of time students get to go outside and play during the day. I don't know what it is going to take to convince…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 30, 2012 at 10:29am — No Comments

A Peaceful Little Schoolyard

The perfect place for digging at Tule Elk Park Early Education School


I just got back from an amazing conference called Engaging Our Grounds: 2011 International Green Schoolyard Conference in San Francisco and my head is reeling from…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 22, 2011 at 10:28pm — No Comments

ATOP Article on Recess in Atlanta Magazine

Check out my article "Play WIth a Purpose: Why Children Need Recess" in the January 2011 Atlanta Magazine issue on education.  I always say that recess and play aren't just fun and games.  They are essential components of a healthy childhood.  Click here for a link to the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 21, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Why Play?

The other day a documentary filmmaker asked me why I do the work I do. It's a question that you'd think I'd have a ready answer for, but I didn't.

Honestly, why is play so important to me? I know all the facts, theories and statistics about why play is important to people, but that's a different question entirely. I woke up with a start this morning at about 4:30 AM thinking about the question and a possible answer: play is a gift and it's a gift I want everyone to…

Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 13, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

PlayWorks Program Decreases Playground Bullying...and more

Great article about the work of the wonderful organization, PlayWorks. They go into schools and teach kids how to play...yes, really! ... and resolve conflict, etc.

Suspensions have dropped from 300 to 40 at the school in this article.

Peaceful recesses become child's play

Playground bullying at schools has decreased

Thursday, December 10, 2009

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 11, 2009 at 8:43am — No Comments

Children MUST Play at School

Is this boy playing or practicing for a brilliant future as a cinematographer?

Read this article from today's Washington Post about the importance of play in schools.

Some mind-blowing excerpts:

"A more recent study showed that certain kinds of fantasy play, in which students plan the roles they're going to… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 21, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

New Kind of Playground Unleashes Creativity and Fun

I've waited (and worked) for two years to take these pictures!

Happy faces were everywhere as the children played

Others were pretty excited, too. The Atlanta Public School System proudly blogged about the exciting and fun-filled opening day of the Imagination Playground in a Box.

The IPB was…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 3, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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