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Play Every Day Blog > Posts > Public Good in Public Education – playing outside


February 18
Public Good in Public Education – playing outside

It might be cold outside in February, but that doesn’t stop many Alaskans from getting active. If your family needs a little nudge to get bundled up and play outside, Public Schools Celebration Week might be just the ticket.

Great Alaska Schools is partnering with United Way and other Alaska agencies this week to celebrate the “Public Good in Public Education.”  Part of the plan includes designating Friday, Feb. 19, as “Play Outside Together Day.” The organizers are hoping to encourage young people and their friends and families to take advantage of the day off of school in Anchorage and other school districts to get outside and play.
“We are encouraging and supporting kids getting out and skating, skiing, walking, or doing anything fun outdoors,” said Andrea Cordano, one of the organizers of the week-long event from Great Alaska Schools Anchorage. “We are always happy when we can support what is healthy for kids!”
If inside play is more appealing, Thursday, Feb. 18, is designated as “Play and Learn Day.” In Anchorage, local child development agencies, public school after-school programs, and municipal library locations will be organizing indoor activities for all ages throughout the day and evening, including story time, music, yoga and more.
The week will end with a “Public School Spirit Day” between noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, with a free, fun, outdoor event at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage.
“There will be skating on the lagoon and Nordic skiing around the lagoon, and several dance groups, storytelling groups and music groups from our local schools will be performing, ” said Cordano.  She encouraged everyone to wear their school colors to celebrate their school pride.  A shuttle bus from West High School’s parking lot will help reduce parking headaches for the event.
Details of all planned events for the week are available at