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2 BORN LEARNING TRAILS COMING TO HOWARD COUNTY

2 BORN LEARNING TRAILS COMING TO HOWARD COUNTY

06/20/2014

Contact: Beth Rattray, 457-6691
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Kokomo, IN, June 20, 2014/Press Release/ -- Two born learning trails are coming to Howard County this Friday, June 20. The Trails capture 9 fun outdoor games and engaging signs to help parents and caregivers create learning opportunities for a young child. United Way of Howard County is partnering with Kokomo School Corporation, City of Kokomo, Delphi Electronics and Safety and Duke Energy,
The Born Learning Trail is an interactive, playful and visible community engagement tool. The importance of early learning is clear. Studies prove that children who have rich early learning experiences are better prepared to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. United Way education model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families.
 
“Born Learning Trials are another way to improve our community, helping boost children’s language and literacy skills and encourage families to get active. It’s a great way to bring awareness of early childhood learning and connect to volunteers,” said Abbie Smith, President of United Way of Howard County.
Born Learning Trails can be installed almost anywhere. Designed for outdoor spaces, the Trail fits anywhere children can walk, jump, look around and learn. Two Trails will be installed; one at Studebaker Park by Duke Energy volunteers and the other at Pettit Park School by Delphi E & S volunteers, installation at both venues will be today.
Installation of the Born Learning Trail includes mounting and cementing ten signs, painting stencils and clearing the area. It’s perfect for 8-10 volunteers. Mapping out the placement of each sign, lining up power tools and a few experienced volunteers is the key.
 “Each year June Delphi sends volunteers out into the community as part of our Excellence Week; we call it “Delphi Gives Back.” We form teams to complete area nonprofit projects of painting, landscaping, building, etc. The Born Learning Trail fits into our volunteer strategy well. If we can use our expertise in the Trail installation to help improve conditions and shape lives in our community through education, what more could a volunteer ask for?” said Rhonda Heytens, Director – Program Management Office and Kokomo Facilities. “Our Human Resources team, led by Mike Parker, was quick to step up and volunteer to organize and complete the Born Learning Trail Project.”
Company volunteer programs are becoming very important nationally and locally. Organizations are interested in being good corporate citizens. Not only does the company benefit, so does the employer and so does the community.
Doug Esamann, President of Duke Energy’s Indiana operations, is leading the 2014 ‘Volunteers In Action’ event. “Duke Energy has long been committed to building and supporting the communities in which our customers and employees work and live,” said Esamann. “We are excited to be a part of all the great things happening in Kokomo, and happy we can give back in this way.”
“We want to make a difference on issues that really matter,” said Government & Community Relations Manager Laura Sheets. “Improving the park and installing the Born Learning Trail gives parents and kids the opportunity to learn and play together; that matters,” added Sheets.
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