Recess Rocks in RI

is a partnership among 
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI
Playworks New England, and 
Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition.

It’s a free training program for school
and recess staff, designed to ensure that
recess ​is a safe, meaningful, and
healthy experience ​for every child.  ​

Recess has tangible health and social-emotional benefits for kids. It is a time for children to have fun, be physically active, and create positive relationships.

​By helping young people establish healthy habits through play, we not only help lower the risk of child obesity and the other serious conditions it can lead to, we also help lower healthcare costs ​in the long term for all Rhode Islanders.

​Many habits are learned when we are young, and the formation of a healthy lifestyle should not be an exception. Research has shown that playtime not only positively impacts childhood development, but also improves academic performance. 

​Children who are more active are more attentive, process things at a greater cognitive speed, and perform better on standardized tests than children who aren’t as active. Playtime also improves social skills and helps develop emotional maturity.

124 trained schools … in 32 of 35 RI school districts … over 44,000 children impacted …

15 RI school districts are FULLY ROCKED –
every school in the district is RRIRI-trained!

CLICK HERE for a complete list of RRIRI-trained schools in RI.


RRIRI benefits from talent and expertise from Playworks, ​the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical, social and emotional health. Playworks changes school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school. They create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. 


Jessi joined Playworks in 2019 as a Pro Trainer because she is passionate about empowering others through play, education, and facilitation. She understands the importance of taking a holistic approach to education from her time teaching in inclusive alternative schools. Before joining Playworks, Jessi worked in various education and training positions, including classroom teacher, camp counselor, swim teacher, and corporate trainer.

Jessi graduated from UMass Boston with a Masters in Education before returning to her home state of Rhode Island. She is excited to make a difference in schools in Rhode Island and beyond! In her spare time, Jessi loves hiking, swimming, reading, and cooking.