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It's RECESS time!

RECESS is a Portland Safe Routes to School program offering middle school students activity ideas and wellness tips while they are distance learning.

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Can you believe it has been almost a year since we started distance learning?  

While we are staying home to keep ourselves and community safe from COVID-19, we can also take care of ourselves by including breaks during the school day. 

The new year is full of chances to refresh our bodies and minds as we work to make the most of schooling from home. 

Why should I participate?

RECESS gives YOU the power to personalize your breaks with activities to keep you moving and feeling your best.  

It's not always easy to remember to take care of our bodies and minds when we are focusing on school or other life stresses. Setting aside time each day to take breaks helps us show up better in school and with our friends and family. 


How to play

When it's time to take a break:

  1. Choose one activity from any RECESS category
  2. Do the activity! Write the completed category in your RECESS Tracker 
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 at the next break. Do this 4 times a week for the Tracker, but more if you can!
  4. Turn in your Tracker at the end of the month.

How to submit

There are two ways to submit:

  • Mail it to us! Fill out the information on the postcards included with your mailer.
  • Submit your tracking online with this short form

Submitting your Tracker in each month earns a prize and enters you into the monthly raffle drawing.

Opt in for text reminders to help keep you on track. 
Text RECESS to 319-96. Data rates may apply, so get permission from a parent or caregiver first!
You can stop the texts at any time by texting STOP to 319-96. You can expect a maximum of 5 reminders per month.

Three steps of Recess: Take short breaks during the day, Track your activities each month, Feel good. Win prizes! Shown with stick figures walking through the steps.

RECESS Categories

RECESS categories focus on 6 areas that benefit your body and mind while learning from home. 

R is for Refresh

E is for Energy Boost

C is for City Explorer

E is for Extracurricular

S is for Strength

S is for Stretching


What can I win?

RECESS is all about taking care of ourselves by staying active and keeping a positive mindset. The available prizes are intended to help us all keep moving when we are back to school and traveling around the city. 

See list of prizes and winners here


Contest Terms


Participe en RECESS

Chơi “RECESS”

Участвуйте в конкурсе «RECESS»

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