Asphalt Green to Host 150 Public School Staffers and Parents for Interactive Recess Professional Development and School Health Day

-- Nov. 4 event will also feature NYC Department of Education and Department of Health promoting health in schools --

-- Asphalt Green’s Recess Enhancement Program serves 27,500 NYC students --


(New York, N.Y.) – Asphalt Green will host an interactive Recess Professional Development day to teach 150 school staff members and parents how to create an organized, active and safe recess.  The methods and activities that will be taught are based on the nonprofit organization’s Recess Enhancement Program (REP), which serves nearly 27,500 students at 60 public elementary schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

At the event, New York City’s Department of Education and Department of Health, plus community-based organizations, will have tables promoting school health.

WHAT:    Asphalt Green Recess Professional Development & School Health Day

WHEN:    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

                 9:00 to 11:30 AM for REP schools

                 12:00 to 2:30 PM for non-REP schools

WHERE:  555 East 90th St. New York, NY 10128

WHO:       Asphalt Green’s Recess Enhancement (REP) coaches

                 150 NYC public school staff members & parents

                 NYC Department of Education & NYC Department of Health

The event will feature two sessions: one for schools where Asphalt Green runs REP and another for any City school. Participants will learn how to organize outdoor and indoor place spaces; create recess routines; identify and prevent bullying and aggressive behavior; activities and games for indoor recess; and age-appropriate activities and games for younger and older students.


About Asphalt Green’s Recess Enhancement Program (REP)

REP transforms the culture of recess by making it an active and cooperative time for both students and staff. Begun in 2001, REP targets neighborhoods with high obesity levels, as well as schools where a majority of students qualify for free or reduced price meals. The program addresses a range of barriers that prevent physical activity in schools by redefining recess and making physical activity an educational tool for schools and students. It is becoming clear that if we want our children to succeed in the classroom, then we need to start getting them more active on the playground.


About Asphalt Green

Asphalt Green is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting individuals of all ages and backgrounds achieve health through a lifetime of sports and fitness. Community service is at the core of the organization’s origin and the heart of its mission. A city-wide institution, Asphalt Green has two first class campuses: a beautiful 5½-acre Upper East Side campus and a 52,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Battery Park City. Asphalt Green will help more than 33,000 public school children be fit this year through free programs in schoolyards, gymnasiums, and pools across New York City.