Volunteers recently installed a Born Learning Trail at Brewster Elementary School in Durham,a series of signs with fun, physical activities for parents and caregivers to do with their children.
The signs are paid for by the Middlesex United Way and were installed on the organization's annual Day of Caring on Sept. 28.
The project was coordinated with the help of Carla Muskatello, a teacher at Brewster Elementary School.
“This was my first project completed through United Way. The Born Learning Trail was a welcome addition to the newly installed playscape at Brewster," Muskatello said.
“We are excited about the playful suggestions and learning tools that the trail offers our community. What a nice way to integrate fun, learning, movement and the outdoors. Thanks again to Middlesex United Way for making this project a reality."
One of Middlesex United Way’s goals is to increase children’s readiness to learn by school entry. This focused Day of Caring project is one way in which United Way is achieving this goal and provide an early learning tool for communities in Middlesex County. Day of Caring is an annual event that matches groups of volunteer from local companies with projects at non-profit organizations.
Teams of volunteers from other local organizations installed trails in Clinton, Cromwell, East Hampton, Old Saybrook, Westbrook and the Haddam Killingworth community. Trails already exist in the towns of Middletown and Portland. A special thanks to employees from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Cromwell who donated their time to pre-build all of the wood posts and cement footings for the trails.
To learn more about Born Learning Trails, as well as view photos and videos from all of the Day of Caring 2011 trail projects click here.