A positive playground story from Coach Christina
Playworks’ Junior Coach program allows students to help our coaches facilitate recess, and more importantly has the power to teach these students valuable, wide-ranging skills along the way. This heartwarming story shows the pure kindness of a few Junior Coaches, and perfectly exemplifies what Playworks hopes to bring out in every kid.
Every few weeks, my Junior Coaches get a chance to purchase prizes from the Junior Coach Store using Stars they’ve earned throughout the year. They earn Stars a number of ways: by coming to all their shifts, meeting weekly goals, and receiving Junior Coach Awards such as The Positivity Award and The Helping Hand Award. When I opened the store a few weeks ago, three of my Junior Coaches who I will call Chris, Matthew, and Thomas, inspired me to create a new Junior Coach Award. This is what happened:
Thomas was the first of the three to visit the store, but despite seriously considering buying a bouncy ball (one of the more expensive prizes), he left empty handed. Next, Chris visited the store. He asked me if a Junior Coach could buy a prize and then give it to another Junior Coach. I told him yes and watched as he reached for the bouncy ball that Thomas had wanted. Next, Matthew bought a magic grow alien. I didn’t realize it until later, but this alien was for Chris. Lastly, Thomas and Chris walked up to me with big smiles and Stars in hand. They wanted to buy a parachute man for Matthew, but neither had enough Stars to pay for it individually. They wanted to know if they could buy it together, so I said yes and they bought it together by combining their Stars.
These actions made me smile for so many reasons: the way Chris asked for my permission to give his prize to someone else, the way Matthew bought something for Chris after Chris bought another person a prize, and the fact that Thomas spent all but three of his Stars on Matthew when a few minutes earlier he had been unwilling to spend them on himself. These three are such good kids and I am fortunate to be in a position to let them know when they do something awesome like this. As a result, I awarded The Generosity Junior Coach Award to each of these boys. As I explained how they had earned the award, the boys lit up and I could see how great this incident made them feel.