Natalia Blondet serves as the Play Director for Brookside Community Development Corporation. She is responsible for the growth, quality, and development of youth programming. Natalia’s primary responsibility as Play Director is to manage the day-to-day operations of Play programming.
Since 2016, we've been spending every Tuesday night in June and July at Brookside Park from 5-8pm. Each year we've seen the crowds grow as more and more people experience the Power of Play.
This year we decided to do a revamp on the Play t-shirts that we hand out to adult volunteers. We once again worked with HellothisisJeff Design to create a shirt that is fun to wear and also communicates what we're all about. We hope you enjoy it!
A few months ago, I heard rumblings about Indianapolis Public Schools proposing new hours for elementary school students beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. The premise was that recent studies have shown how middle and high school students perform better in school when they have a later start time. In order to accommodate the transportation needs of a later start time for these students, IPS would need to move up start times for elementary students. The new proposal would have school start at 8:00am and dismiss at 2:35pm.
To round out our last two weeks of Play, we are bringing you the final "Meet Our Staff" post. Introducing Elizabeth Nash; our Socio-Emotional Learning Fellow and Play coordinator extraordinaire! Elizabeth joined the Brookside team in January 2017, and brings a vintage style and artistic flair that is all her own!
The next staff member up on the blog is Kelli Webster, our Community Coordinator for Brookside Elementary School IPS #54! Even though you may not see her every day at Play, Kelli fills an important role for our organization. Working primarily out of the school, Kelli serves as a connector between Brookside Elementary, the students, their parents, and the many after school programs offered in the neighborhood.
We are kicking off this session of Winter Play with a little something different. To all of our Play volunteers, parents, and kiddos, you might be surprised to find that, even though we act like big kids most of the time, we sometimes play the role of adults outside Brookside Community Church. So, let's get to know our staff!