Additionally, through Playworks’ leadership program there are junior coaches made up of fourth- and fifth-grade students who are trained to implement safe and inclusive play with their younger peers. “It is more engaging than the adults and even my trained professionals are when we get kids to engage other kids,” says Vanark. “Whether it’s a game of dodgeball or double dutch, they are with the fourth- and fifth-grade students who, on a rotational basis, actually go out and run those activities. That way every kid knows how to play the games and the older kids, who are actually recruiting younger kids into the games, create a space where they own their own playing.” School time is about learning and should not be fogged by bullying or a non-inclusive recess time. Playworks has been successful in creating an environment within the school day that makes children and families feel more included and where negative behaviors are substantially reduced.