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Creating Opportunities for Meaningful, Healthy Play at School.
During the school day, children need regular opportunities to play, socialize, rest, and re-energize. These opportunities improve mood, well-being, school engagement, behavior, learning, attendance, and overall school climate. Yet, many schools in Canada do not have a history of quality recesses: research shows unacceptable levels of bullying, exclusion, intolerance, and rejection that undermine opportunities to connect and engage in healthy play and leisure activities. As a result, some schools in Canada, especially those in our most vulnerable neighborhoods, have reduced or eliminated recess.
The 2020 Recess Project Changemaker's Guide and supplemental materials are available here at no cost.
We work towards transforming schools around the world to:
Ensure daily opportunities for meaningful, engaged play are promoted and protected.
Disrupt normalized patterns of bullying and exclusion.
Oversee legislative changes and policy development.
Engage a national conversation about the relationship between play, friendships, health, and well being.
Ensure recess is part of school-wide improvement efforts.
Ensure school playspaces are fully inclusive and accessible - socially and physically.
Follow Recess Project
The Recess Project @ Ryerson University Diversity Institute, Ted Rogers School of Management 350 Victoria St. Toronto M5B 2K3 email@example.com