Staff at Hemet Unified schools are constantly looking for new ways to further engage students while on campus. As a District, we want students to be excited when they walk through our doors. In an effort to enhance school climate and promote positive behavior, Valle Vista Elementary School introduced the Peaceful Playground Physical Activity Program to its students.
The Peaceful Playground Program allows staff and students to create a playground area that includes more games and activities for students at recess. Staff members and Valle Vista families worked together by stenciling and painting seven new games on the blacktop. The Physical Education teachers began using PE time to introduce the rules for each of the games so students can begin utilizing them.
Valle Vista staff studied the benefits of the Peaceful Playground Program for almost a year before they decided to bring it to their school. During their research, they found that schools that implemented this program saw a decrease in behavior problems, students were more engaged, and the climate was positively affected. Since the Peaceful Playground was implemented, Valle Vista staff have received positive feedback from students.
Thank you to the Valle Vista Elementary staff for bringing this program to your students and thank you to all of the families that were able to help! We are excited to see the positive outcomes that are sure to come!