PLAYGROUND ACTIVITY LEADERS (PALS) -is a playground leadership program that encourages children to participate in safe, fun playground activities regardless of their gender, size, or ability. Student volunteers from 6 - 8 receive training to plan and lead fun, safe activities for students in the primary and junior grades during breaks in the school day.
Schools who run the PALS program have observed:
- increased physical activity in participating children
- decreased playground conflict and bullying
- increased leadership ability and self esteem in students through skill development in leadership, communication, problem-solving, organization, and cooperation
- increased community building between grades