United Way Community BBQ for Born Learning
Promoting Early Childhood Learning and Family Fun at Veterans Park
Spring Hill, FL – (November 27, 2017) – United Way of Hernando County is known for its programs and partnerships such as their annual Stuff the Bus and the Community Investment Grant, but after a new recreational activity was introduced to Hernando parks in the summer of 2016, United Way followers are all about “Born Learning.” Born Learning, an early education and interactions initiative through United Ways across the globe, focuses on the importance of a child’s day-to-day experiences. This contributes to the structural and functional development of his or her brain, including intelligence and personality.
Without the proper early education steps, by the age of 5, many children in high-risk environments are already developmentally behind. With over 8,000 Hernando County children 5 years old or younger, this gap grows over time-undermining school readiness and success in life. Enter United Way’s Born Learning Trails.
The 3rd Born Learning Trail has been installed at Veteran’s Memorial Park and even features a Little Free Library, where young children are encouraged to take-a-book or leave-a-book. The 10 trail signs are designed to attract families so parents, caregivers, and grandparents can engage with their younger children by reading the tips listed on each sign, playing hopscotch, enjoying the alphabet circle, and telling interactive stories together. The quality of a young child’s environment and social experience has a decisive, long-lasting impact on their ability to learn, and the Born Learning Trails have proven to make it easy and fun.
“Research shows that children are literally ‘born learning,’” said Angie Bonfardino-Walasek, United Way of Hernando County’s Executive Director/CEO. “That means five years of education that take place before they ever enter kindergarten. We know that interactions in a child’s early years matter for success in life and for school readiness. United Way and our partners want to help parents, grandparents and caregivers use everyday outings to support that learning.”
United Way is pleased to announce the Grand Opening for Hernando’s 3rd Born Learning Trail on Tuesday, December 12th beginning at 12:00 PM at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Residents and their children are encouraged to join them for an official Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and Community BBQ in celebration of the Trail’s installment.
When: Tuesday, December 12th from 12:00pm-2:00pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Park- 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL
United Way thanks its community sponsors and volunteers for proudly working hard to bring Born Learning Trails to Hernando: Century 21 Alliance Realty, Leadership Hernando Class of 2017, Brown & Brown Insurance, Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, and Target volunteers.
Additional Born Learning Trails can also be found at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill and Tom Varn Park in Brooksville.
For more information on United Way’s Born Learning Trails or details on the Grand Opening event, please call the United Way of Hernando County office at 352-688-2026 or visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org
For more information, please contact:
Angie Bonfardino-Walasek, Executive Director/CEO
Dominique Holmes, Community Outreach Director
United Way of Hernando County, Inc.:
United Way of Hernando County (UWHC) was established as a 501c3 organization in 1987, and since then has continuously focused on creating partnerships and mobilizing our community to seek sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing local needs. UWHC strategically allocates Community Investment Funds in Health, Education, & Financial Stability programs with proven results and local impact. UWHC works hard to balance the growing demand for basic services such as food, utilities, and rent assistance, with our ongoing commitment to tackling the underlying causes of complex issues. United Way partners with businesses and organizations that share our vision for improving lives through the power of collective impact and working together. Our support for long-term commitments are essential to addressing key social issues, such as helping children, youth, adults & elders, encouraging health and wellness, including physical and emotional care, promoting financial stability and self-sufficiency, and crisis intervention. For more information on how YOU can LIVE UNITED, visit www.unitedwayhernando.org.