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Galveston County
United Way Galveston County Mainland
News Release
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mainland United Way Unveils County’s First Born Learning Trail

Texas City — Mayor Matt Doyle will host a ribbon cutting for Galveston County’s first Born Learning Trail on February 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Rainbow Park, 800 Bay Street in Texas City.

A Born Learning Trail provides young children with an opportunity to get active, have fun and boost language and literacy skills. The “trail” features an age-appropriate outdoor activity path for parents and caregivers to walk through with their preschoolers to encourage them to talk, listen, read, think, imagine and create. A series of ten signs suggest a set of fun activities that help a child develop problem solving, critical thinking and reading skills.

The Born Learning Trail reinforces the message that parents play the most important role in laying the foundation for a child’s development.

The Texas City Born Learning Trail is the result of collaboration across non-profit, for-profit and governmental sects of our community. Boy Scout Will Roberts decided to work on this trail for his Eagle Scout project. The City of Texas City worked with him to provide a park for the trail and Marathon Petroleum sponsored the cost of this project. Volunteers from Will’s Boy Scout Troop and Marathon Petroleum worked together on a Saturday to install the signs and paint the path.

“THANK YOU to Will Roberts, Marathon Petroleum and The City of Texas City for making this dream a reality. We are looking forward to breaking ground on at least two more Born Learning Trails in Galveston County in 2012,” says mainland United Way executive director Elizabeth White. “These trails represent the important roles that we, as a community, play in preparing our children for success.”

You can view a Born Learning handout here.

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