MURRAY, Ky. (6/13/13) – Learning happens everywhere a child goes, but parents, and grandparents may not always know how to support that learning.
That won’t be the case at Chestnut Street Park. When Mom and Dad, Aunts and Uncles or Grandma and Grandpa take a young child to Chestnut Street Park, they will be able to play fun games together that will help them prepare for success in the classroom.
That’s because United Way of Murray Calloway County, as well as MCCH Endowment for Healthcare, Calloway County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Calloway County Health Department, Murray-Calloway Parks Department, the newly formed Wellness Consortium and 15 volunteers will help to create an outdoor interactive early learning trail at Chestnut Street Park to help families with young children prepare them for school.
This bornlearning Trail is a series of signs along a trail in the Chestnut Street Park that encourage adults to play with children in ways that promote early education. Based on the latest early childhood research and approved by national learning experts through United Way Worldwide, the bornlearning Trail is designed to help boost language and literacy development and help caregivers understand how to best support early learning in outdoor everyday moments.
With 10 sign locations, each station details a fun activity or game to play with the young child. These range from picking out different shapes on the ground, to teaching them how to skip, to standing in a circle and trying to make the other people smile and laugh. These games help bring out the creative side of the children, all the while reinforcing the idea of education before they ever set foot in a classroom.
Volunteers will be working from 8am-12pm installing the trail so please join United Way of Murray-Calloway County Wednesday June 19 for a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce at 1:00 p.m. directly across from the Murray Park Offices located at 900 Payne Street, Murray KY.
This effort is a part of United Way of Murray-Calloway County’s Community Impact plan to address conditions and root cause issues around early childhood education.
Information provided by Aaron Dail (United Way)
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