Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D President and Founder “As a long time teacher and principal, I can tell you first hand the number of injuries, violent outbursts and problem behavior that occur on a weekly basis in schoolyards. I’ve also seen how the lack of physical activity programs can contribute to childhood obesity. That is what led me to develop Peaceful Playgrounds. In 1995, as Principal at E. Hale Curran Elementary School in Murrieta, California I put my first Peaceful Playgrounds program into practice. Teachers and monitors immediately saw the tenor of the playground change. Student involvement was overwhelming and the atmosphere changed from one of chaotic energy to calm focused cooperation. We saw a dramatic reduction in playground injuries and as activities spread out, with students making use of a larger play area, stress and conflict due to what was perceived as overcrowding declined. By1999,our school was honored with the State of California’s Golden Bell Award in the school safety category. I was now committed to exposing more schools, teachers and children to the benefits of Peaceful Playgrounds. I am proud to have written and published six books on playgrounds; numerous articles on recess, playgrounds and interactive play; as well as presenting over 100 educational conference sessions. I currently publish PLAY NICE, a newsletter for 10,000 administrators and teachers across the nation and co-author the Recess blog. Recently, I served as a writer on the California Physical Education Framework for the Department of Education. I am Nationally Certified as a Playground Inspector. I have served as a board member on the National Program for Playground Safety, been chair for the Council on Play for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and a member of State Superintendent of Schools Jack O'Connell's California Task Force on Childhood Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Today, Peaceful Playgrounds can be found in over 8000 schools with more than 4 million children exposed to the benefits of our program and games. I had a simple goal that was to get more children involved in physical activity rather than waiting in line for their turn or just standing around talking. A child who burns off energy, not only reduce their risk for obesity, but they increase their focus on education when returning to class.”
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