• Porterville Recorder1 Learning and Playing - Porterville Recorder Porterville, CA Jumping, skipping and hopping on the school blacktop is making a comeback at Santa Fe Elementary School where school officials are implementing “Peaceful Playground” — a structured play area that incorporates
  • Ribbon cutting on new Peaceful Playground MIS cuts ribbon on Peaceful Playground - Monticello Intermediate School’s new “Peaceful Playground” was dedicated Friday morning, with students and adults joining to celebrate the opening of the new play space, which is designed to provide games that will teach children conflict
  • Daily Citizen A Better Recess using Rock -Paper- Scissors - Rock, Paper, Scissors Leads to Reduction in Playground Conflicts By Terri Pederson Daily Citizen – Beaver Dam, WI December 2006 Students at Jefferson Elementary School are participating in a new playground program designed to reduce
  • Chicago Daily Herald1 A Playground Design that Fights Playground Politics - May 2008 Chicago Daily Herald – Chicago, IL Teachers and staff at Lakeview Elementary in Hoffman Estates know recess is meant for exercise, so the new playground design fights politics and conflicts. But they’d searched
  • tribune Advent Lutheran School Achieves Peace on Playground -  Peaceful Playgrounds gets kids active and  childhood obesity intervention September 2010 Tribune – Boca Raton, FL Given the jungle rules of some playgrounds, where the biggest and toughest tend to dominate, consider the scene recently
  • new play space An Updated Playground is More than Play Space - New Play Space Project Began in November By Cathie Ericson The Oregonian – Wilsonville, OR February 2008 A peaceful playground — isn’t that the dream of all students, parents and educators? Where recess is a
  • hopscotch Appleton School Solves Recess Conflict - Peaceful Playgrounds Eliminating Recess Conflicts September 2009 By Ryan Dietz WLUK-TV – Appleton, WI Recess used to be just sliding and swinging at Johnston Elementary School in Appleton but overtime recess conflict grew. Now a
  • pameladonovan Ashley Falls’ School Climate – Peaceful Playground Information - Ashley Falls’ School News School Climate Improving with Peaceful Playgrounds Have you noticed how peaceful Ashley Falls’ playground is? This year we are implementing the Peaceful Playgrounds program to improve the  school climate at Ashley
  • swjournal1 At Armatage, a Peaceful Playground -  April 2005 Southwest Journal – Minneapolis, MN Peaceful Playground Take Shape At Armatage Later this year, a giant, colorful U.S. playground map and grids for math problems and word play games will be spray-painted on
  • Peaceful Playground design Bellview’s New Playground Design -  September 2003 By Lynn Atkins Rogers Hometown News At Bellview Elementary, the newest tool for teachers measures 40 feet by 100 feet.It’s their new playground design by Peaceful Playgrounds.  It’s also the perfect example of
  • Rock, paper, scissors Bringing Peace to the School Playground - March 2008 Burbank Leader - Burbank, CA Bringing peace to a school playground may not be easy. During a game of four-square at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Wednesday, second-graders Luis Reyes, 7, and Cassidy McNeill,
  • school playground target games Bringing Peace to the School Playground - Redlands Daily Facts August 2004 In 1973, an idea struck Los Angeles educator Melinda Bossenmeyer after years of being a teacher and a principal within the Riverside County Department of Education. “I noticed that some
  • opinionmiami Bringing Peaceful Play to the Elementary School Playground - Miami County Republic Paola, KS October 2010 The kindergartners’ eyes grow big as they walk through the door at Cottonwood Elementary in Paola on Tuesday and catch sight of their colorful new playground. Cottonwood Elementary
  • school playground student Carlsbad school achieves peaceful playground -   Lisa Petrillo The San Diego Union Tribune – 05/02 Given the jungle rules of some playgrounds, where the biggest and toughest tend to dominate, consider the scene recently at El Camino Creek Elementary. A
  • pnw CKSD Bringing Peace to the Playground - CKSD Bringing Peace to the Playground - November 2009 PNW News – Puget Sound, WA Freshly painted on the blacktop in the Jackson Park Elementary School playground lies a circle of colorful shapes. A recess supervisor
  • meadville Conflict Resolution & Physical Activity Drive Outdoor Activities on Playground -   July 2010 By Mary Spicer Tribune – Meadville, PA It’s summertime, when the livin’ is supposed to be easy. With the midpoint of the summer vacation season rapidly approaching, however, easy has a way
  • pineriver Eagle View boasts Unstructured Recess with Peaceful Playgrounds - Unstructured Recess Success Based on Enriching Environment  September 2009 By Katie Anderson Pine River Journal – Pine River, MN One of the parking lots will provide unstructured recess activities at Eagle View Elementary School. The
  • brainerd Eagle View Students are in for a Nice Surprise on School Playground - September 2009 By Jodie Tweed Brainerd Dispatch – Brainerd, MA When students hop off their buses at Eagle View Elementary School Tuesday, they will be pleasantly surprised at what the new school playground has in
  • pioneer1 Education Changes Brings Outdoor classroom -   October 2010 Pioneer Press – Elmhurst, IL Computers and the Internet are changing the way many children learn, but one part of the school day that has remained fairly consistent is recess. “We all
  • sdcoelogo Effects of Peaceful Playgrounds on Injury Reduction - San Diego County Office of Education Dr. Rudy M. Castruita County Superintendent of Schools Editor: Mary Blackman, Coordinator Physical Education/Health Winter 2005 A case study examined the effects of the Peaceful Playgrounds Program on injury
  • school recess Eliminate School Recess? California State University San Marcos - Eliminate School Recess? Let’s Skip It! Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D. California State University San Marcos Every decade or so educators stumble upon a really bad idea. The elimination of school recess is one such current example.
  • run-for-more-brain-cells Employing Brain Based Learning to Inspire Instruction - Peaceful Playgrounds Inspires Active Play - February 2009 “Teachers who are new to brain based learning are often in awe of how the brain remembers, and of how many different memory systems there are,” explains Brain
  • Teacher Talk Magazine1 Field puts Peace of Mind with Rock Paper Scissors - Rock Paper Scissors Brings Peace to the Playground Park Ridge Education Association - Park Ridge, IL Teacher Talk Magazine February 2006 Looking around the Field School playground, an observer can see a variety of activities
  • Students at Lemmer Elementary have new playground markings Fifty year-old playground gets Peaceful Playground makeover - Lemmer Elementary opens with new playground makeover By Jason Raiche – staff writer (jraiche@dailypress.net) , Daily Press ESCANABA – Students at Lemmer Elementary School now have new playground makeover allowing them ample opportunities for fun
  • PEP Grant-Peaceful Playground Fun, Colorful, and FREE ‘Peaceful Playground Recess Program’ on the way! - ‘Peaceful Playground‘ recess program to be installed with Lowe’s Grant funds The district is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to design and install a “Peaceful Playground” recess
  • Oklahoman Grants Take Kids a Hop, Skip and Jump from Video Games -  June 2009 By Beth Gollob Oklahoman – Oklahoma City, OK For many adults, hopscotch and jump rope seem like games every child should know. But with a computer or video game system in nearly every
  • Times Online Imagine Schools on Broadway to feature Peaceful Playground Program -  New Playground Program added to Imagine Schools August 2008 By Staff Reporter Times Online – Fort Wayne, IN Imagine Schools has enrolled over 400 students for the 2008-2009 school year at its Broadway campus, Imagine
  • The Arizona Daily1 Kids Learn How to Play Nice -  January 2009 By Andrea Rivera Arizona Daily Star – Tucson, AZ Minor spats and disagreements between children on the Twin Peaks Elementary School playground don’t require adult intervention as long as the students know how
  • The Mount Prospect lGames gain popularity on elementary school playground - By Nicole Wagner Mount Prospect Times - Park Ridge, IL November 3, 2005 A divided white rectangle marks the most popular piece of asphalt on the Indian Grove Elementary School playground. Children say they love
  • The Altus Times Local school achieves Peace with School Recess Program - June 2008 New School Recess Program to Eliminate Problem Programs By Staff Reporter Altus Times Given the jungle rules of some playgrounds, where the biggest and toughest tend to dominate, consider the scene recently at
  • louisiana Louisiana Department of Education - A Plan for Playground Games - March 2005 Melinda Bossenmeyer Creates Peaceful Playgrounds Too often, children are sent from the playground to the principal’s office or the school nurse. Former physical education teacher and elementary school
  • TheBreeze More Fun with Productive Play During Outdoor Recess - By Jane Long The Breeze-Courier October 2003 Students enjoy outdoor recess with lots of game choices. Taylorville - Four third-grade students at North Elementary School urgently request bean bags from the playground supervisor in order to
  • shasta Mount Shasta’s: Peaceful Playground - By Paul Boerger Mount Shasta News September 2003 The Mount Shasta Elementary School playground has been recently transformed by a group of parents and citizens from the old style run around and see what happens
  • nature N.H. Schools Move Beyond Traditional Playground - The Boston Globe – New Boston, NH November 2006 They didn’t get the water slide they wanted, but they got almost everything else. At New Boston Central School the new playground is not the traditional
  • universitythomas Neighborhood School to Unveil Peaceful Playground Thanks to Playground Grant - By News Service Univ. of St. Thomas – St. Paul, MN St. Mark’s School, a Catholic school located near the University of St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus, will unveil a new “Peaceful Playground” this week,
  • newstribune1 New Games Help Students Keep the Peace During Recess - August 2010 By Tara Hettinger Tribune – Jeffersonville, IN Some stenciled paint on the ground coupled with balls, bean bags and other accessories are helping students keep the peace on the playground at Riverside Elementary
  • W. L. Morse New Peaceful Playground includes painted blacktop games - W. L. Morse Newsletter Winfield L. Morse 2006 News - Sleepy Hollow, NY April 20, 2006 Wouldn’t it be wonderful to look out over a playground where children were distributed evenly, laughing and playing peacefully,
  • Peaceful Playgrounds Mac Arthur school New playground games promote peaceful play - By Kate Thayer TribLocal reporter Recess isn’t just about swinging and sliding for some students in District 54. Instead, they’re playing problem-solving playground games with the aid of colorful drawings on the blacktop. This year,
  • opinionmiami New Playground Program Tackles Bullying and Childhood Obesity - Playground program tackles bullying and childhood obesity October 2010 Opinion – Miami County Republic – Paola, KS Two of the biggest issues facing youths these days are childhood obesity and bullying, and Cottonwood Elementary School
  • New playground program teaches problem solving skills at Doniphan Trumbull School. New Playground Teaches Problem Solving Skills -  September 2008 By Ginger ten Bensel KHAS-TV – Hastings, NE A playground with a lot to offer is in the works in Doniphan. It is called a Peaceful Playground. It is a playground where children
  • School Large Poster New school recess program awaits at Olmsted School - New school year new school recess program. By Paula Vogler Easton Journal – Easton, MA August 26, 2005 A new school playground for students at the Olmsted School, and cleaned and landscaped grounds at both
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  • TheBreeze North School PTA Organizing School into Peaceful Playground - By Jane Long The Breeze-Courier September 2003 PTA Members Organize Playground for Students Taylorville - Recess – it’s supposed to provide young students with a time to release pent up energy after sitting at their desks,
  • PEP Grant-Peaceful Playground On the Path to Playground Peace Thanks to PEP Grant -  Moorpark Acorn News 10-28-2011 New program in school district battles bullying By Darleen Principe Moorpark kids are learning how to keep the peace on the playground, one conflict at a time thanks to new PEP
  • goffstown Painting Playground Games at Center Woods Elementary - August 2004 Goffstown News Recess at Center Woods Elementary School will be a lot more interesting and fun this year. As part of the Peaceful Playgrounds program, volunteers have been painting  playground games such as
  • The Republican Parents Plan Play Upgrade to Increase Physical Activity - Parents Plan Play Upgrade August 2008 By Elizabeth Roman The Republican – Longmeadow, MA Besides the typical slides, swings and monkey bars they usually see on their playground, the students at Center School on Longmeadow
  • columbus1 Parents Purport Paint Job Creates Peaceful Playground - August 2009 By Bret Liebendorfer Columbus News – Columbus, OH Working on their hands and knees, parent volunteers have been busy painting symbols and patterns they hope will upgrade the Norwich Elementary School playground. The
  • Painting a colorful alpha bet grid. Peace spreads on playgrounds around Marana as kids learn to solve problems. - Schools throughout district utilize program that encourages problem solving and play Most people don’t think “conflict resolution” when looking back on their childhood playground experiences, but students in several Marana Unified School District Schools might
  • houston Peace to Prevail on Elementary School Playground - Houston County News – La Crosse, WI November 2010 On an elementary school playground, the biggest and most boisterous kids tend to rule the roost. If they cut in line to use the monkey bars,
  • Hometown1 Peace! New Playground Equipment and Games Designed for Harmony -  June 2009 By Hugh Gallagher Observer – Detroit, MI Keep children busy doing interesting things and you’ll keep them out of trouble. That truism is the idea behind Peaceful Playgrounds, a program out of California
  • peterherald1 Peaceful Playground at South Elementary Curbs Playground Problems - St. Peter Herald – St Peter, MN Many St. Peter Public School and parochial school students will return to the classroom on Sept. 7 for the start of the school year. What this new year
  • hopscotch on playground Peaceful Playground painted at Yulee School for Physical Education Classes - Peaceful Playground painted at Yulee School - September 2010 News Leader – Yulee, FL “Peaceful Playgrounds will provide our students with wonderful age appropriate activities during their physical education time.” “It’s fun for parents, teachers as
  • The Standard-Times1 Peaceful Playground Teaches Social Skills -  November 2008 By Christina Styan The Standard-Times – Dartmouth, MA Outside the Quinn Elementary School, on the Second Step Peaceful Playground, kids learn social skills like respect. Inside, as part of “Mix It Up Day
  • chicagotribune Peaceful Playgrounds Create Colorful Backdrop for Engaging Physical Activities with PEP Grant -  September 2009 By Jeb Chicago Tribune – Highland Park, IL Elementary school playgrounds in North Shore School District 112 have changed colors over the summer thanks to a two-year Carol A. White PEP Grant  for
  • Peaceful Playgrounds behavior support Peaceful Playgrounds encourages positive behavior -  PTO and teachers target positive behavior outcomes with installing Peaceful Playgrounds Nearly two dozen parents, teachers and students arrived at Donaldson Way Elementary School early Saturday morning to help paint a new “peaceful playground” for
  • students-playground Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program Benefits Park Terrace - Park Terrace Elementary Implements Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program ABC Newspapers – Coon Rapids, MN  December 2012 Nearly four months into a new recess program and Park Terrace Elementary School is already reaping the benefits. Peaceful
  • hopscotch Peaceful Playgrounds Reduction In Playground Problems - How to have a Peaceful Playgrounds - 1999 Aria Lopez-Rosende Principal, Pioneer Elementary I first learned about Peaceful Playgrounds (PP) as a classroom teacher over 10 years ago and heard about the resulting  reduction in playground
  • loretto-playground Peaceful Playgrounds Starts at Loretto - January 2011 Douglas Dispatch – Douglas, AZ Peaceful Playgrounds Wouldn’t be wonderful to look out over a playground where children were laughing and playing peacefully, and supervisors were observing this could do so without raising
  • Peaceful Playground Recess Program Play Right at Recess- It’s Like A Miracle - Play Right Marni Pyke The Northwest Herald A year ago, controlled bedlam reigned in the South Elementary School playground in Crystal Lake during recess. Children played a chaotic version of soccer that led to brawls
  • Kids moving and having fun. Playground Favorites Making Comeback - By Darlene Pellechia Naples Daily News October 2007 Remember hop scotch, four-square and leap frog? These games of yesteryear are making a comeback on the playground at Osceola Elementary School thanks to a program called
  • 4 Square- free play Playground Games Cuts Down on Injuries and Resolves Conflicts - Kane County Chronicle September 2004 The action was fast-paced as fifth-graders at Wild Rose Elementary School learned the rules of new playground games. Bean bag four square involves tossing and catching a bean bag with
  • Downers Playground helps resolve recess problems - Recess Problems Reduced with Peaceful Playgrounds Program By Alexa Jenner Downers Grove Reporter – Downers Grove, IL September 2007 In an effort to curtail recess problems, Whittier School has opened the new year with a
  • The Republican - Palmer, MA Playground makes for Peaceful Recess - The Republican – Palmer, MA January 2008 Old Mill Pond Elementary School now has a “peaceful playground” and peaceful recess. Instead of pupils playing basketball and hopscotch in the same area and running into each
  • The Daily Record1 Playground Painting = Recreation Plus Education - The Daily Record/Sunday News – York, PA August 2008 McKinley Elementary students will start the year with a new playground. Red, yellow, blue and orange shapes, letters, and numbers were part of a  playground painting
  • Ventura Playground program aims to boost physical activity - By Cheri Carlson Ventura County Star Newspaper October2007 Kaity Webster had a list of new rules to learn at her Camarillo school this year, but she didn’t complain when she saw what she got in
  • U.S. map on the Menallen Elementary School playground Playground project adds interactive playground map - The parents and the staff of the Menallen Elementary School playground committee have been striving for two years to make the outside play area a nicer and safer environment for the students, and a recently
  • Painting the playground. Playing Nice Just Got a Little Easier - December 2009 By Tracy Garcia Whittier Daily News – Whittier, CA Playing nice just got a little easier for students at Nelson Elementary School. And it’s due in great part to the elbow grease of
  • Herald-Standard Principal Hopes to Implement Peaceful Playground With School Grant - School grant provides new games and activities for students at recess. June 2009 By Christine Haines Herald-Standard – Uniontown, PA Imagine a playground without pushing, shoving or kids standing on the sideline of the activities
  • osawatomie Program Levels Playground Playing Field with Elementary School Recess Games -  New Recess Games Solve Conflicts December 2009 By Travis Perry The Graphic – Osawatomie, KS When most parents think back to memories of elementary school recess games and the politics of the playground, recess time
  • NewsDay Promoting Peaceful Play at Northwest Elementary School - May 2009 By Joie Tyrrell NewsDay – Melville, NY Research indicates that there is an absence of peaceful play and a prevalence of bullying in schools is increasing on a regular basis and that most
  • nikepe2go Recess and P.E. Critical to Succes - Back to School Not only adults but also children need physical activity in order to stay happy, healthy, and focused. If you have children of your own, this won’t come as a surprise. However, one
  • injured boy Recess Program Reduces Playground Conflicts and Rough Play - South Elementary School Web Parents Information - 2001 Parents Information Website - 2001 Illinois - South School has utilized the Peaceful Playgrounds Program successfully for the past two years. This program, developed by Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D. has had
  • witchita1 Remember tag? Red Rover? No more. Playround Safety Rules. - The Wichita Eagle – Wichita, KS April 2005 Remember tag? Red Rover? Hanging upside down on the monkey bars? Climbing up the slide? Jumping off the swings? No more. Now  playground safety rules. Those traditional
  • contra School Bell: Time to Play Recess Games - August 2010 By Trine Gallegos Contra Costa Times – Antioch, CA When Belshaw Elementary students hit the pavement at recess last week, they were treated to a slew of new fun and new recess games.
  • playgrounds marking School Days: Peaceful Playground has students on the move and reducing bullying. - Talbott Spring Elementary Aims to Reduce Bullying and Conflicts. By Lauren Rosenberg lbrosenberg@patuxent.com Bullying reduction comes in many different forms.  Armed with cans of red, yellow, lime green and blue paint and rolls of masking
  • physical activity School Recess gets a dose of peace at Nottingham West in Hudson - Danielle Curtis Photo by : William Wrobel  The Telegraph When one player made a mistake and wanted a “do-over,” others reminded him that was against the rules, and he quietly, if somewhat unhappily, returned to
  • The Harold-Advocate Schools add cooperative games to playground - By Julie Murphy Harold-Advocate – Park Ridge, IL September 1, 2005 Old school yard favorites such as hopscotch and four square are re-emerging at the schools within Park Ridge – Niles Elementary District 64. Parent
  • Sheboygan Sheboygan Falls Elementary Gets a Playground Makeover - August 2009 By Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls – Plymouth, WI When students return to Sheboygan Falls Elementary School for the first day of the 2009-10 school year, a whole new world of fun, fitness and
  • St Cloud Times Simple Games Bring Structured Recess Games Bring New Fun - October 2008 By Dave Aeikens St Cloud Times – St.Cloud, MN All the paint on the sidewalks and basketball court at Westwood Elementary School is serving to provide a more structured recess setting. In one
  • Teaching playground markings. Southdowns School Improvement Project : Peaceful Playground - The Huntington Public Schools Headline Southdowns School Improvement Project. November 2007 Southdown Primary School has often been a trailblazer, with a tradition of very involved parents who have never had a problem rolling up their
  • The Doings LaGrange St. Cletus School Brings Peace to the Playground at Recess - October 2007 By Tricia Despres The Doings LaGrange – La Grange, IL Ahh, remember those sweet days of your childhood when you spent all day looking forward to recess? Time to get out of the
  • student standing on slide The New Rules – Playground Monitors Emphasize Behavior Expectations -  January 2005 The new rules and behavior expectations. Corvallis Gazette-Times As a second-grader slips down the covered slide at Philomath’s Clemens Primary School on his tummy Thursday morning, school behavior assistant Cheri Stouder blows her
  • Marana1 Twin Peaks Students Play on Peaceful Playgrounds Age Appropriate Games - Age appropriate games,and learning activities that are painted onto existing playground surface. January 2009 By Chuck Barth Marana Weekly News – Tucson, AZ The paved surfaces of Twin Peaks Elementary School’s playground have been painted
  • The Tracy Press1 Two Tracy Girl Scouts are Golden - Girl Scout using playground stencils to create school U.S. Map By Malcolm Maclachlan Tracy Press – Tracy, CA May 21, 2005 The stated mission of the Girl Scouts is to build confidence, courage and character
  • Maryland Community Urbana Elementary Recognized for Playground Safety Video - January 2009 By Staff Reporter Maryland Community Newspapers – Fredrick, MD Fifth grade Computer Club members at Urbana Elementary School recently were rewarded for creating an informative video on playground safety. Peaceful Playgrounds, a company devoted
  • lawrence1 What is Happening to School Recess? - September 2010 By Blake Taylor, MAED Lawrence Lions Physical Education Lawrence Elementary School – Wichita, KS Take a minute to think back to your childhood school days and, more precisely, the part called school recess.