Office of Education

MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor Doug Ducey To Tour Loma Linda Elementary School

April 14, 2016

Will Observe School's Transformative "Playworks" Recess Program

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey will tour Loma Linda Elementary School, an A+ School of Excellence in the Creighton Elementary School District, on Monday, April 18, 2016. Currently serving 650 K-8 students, Loma Linda Elementary School provides a challenging learning environment that promotes high expectations for success while encouraging safe, respectful, and responsible relationships within the school and community.

“We are honored to have Governor Ducey visit Loma Linda and meet with our incredible students and staff,” said Dr. Stephanie DeMar, Loma Linda Elementary School Principal. “His visit is an incredible opportunity for our Lancer students to showcase the important roles they serve as learners and leaders in our community.”

During his visit, Governor Ducey will have a chance to observe Playworks, an innovative play-based learning program in its fourth year of implementation at Loma Linda Elementary School. Designed to improve recess time for students, Playworks focuses on the social and emotional development of kids through increased physical activity, inclusion, and the power of play.

“Arizona is home to outstanding schools with excellent educators, and Loma Linda is no exception,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Their Playworks program is truly transformative, and has resulted in significant benefits for the students, the teachers and the overall learning environment. I look forward to seeing this innovative program in action as these kids and teachers continue to make strides in and outside of the classroom."

“We are thrilled to be able to showcase our Playworks program to the governor,” said Chuck Warshaver, Executive Director of Playworks Arizona. “During his visit to Loma Linda Elementary, he will see firsthand how Playworks changes the school climate, making it safe physically and emotionally for students, teachers and administrators.”

The school tour is closed to the press; however, the governor will be available to answer questions from the media at the conclusion of the event.

WHO: Governor Doug Ducey

WHAT: Visit to Loma Linda Elementary School

WHEN: Monday, April 18, 2016, 11:00 am – 12:00 p.m.


Loma Linda Elementary School
2002 E. Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85016


For more information or assistance, contact Dawn Wallace at: 602-542-1316