Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Generation GIVE Installs "Born Learning Trail"

Randy Ornstein, Generation GIVE member and Senior Category Manager at Anheuser-Busch, reflects on his experience with Generation GIVE at the installation of the
Born Learning Trail.

On June 12, 2010, twenty-five members of United Way's young professional affiliate group Generation GIVE braved the Arkansas heat and humidity to install the Born Learning Trail at the Jones Center in Springdale. Generation GIVE’s 2010 focus is on supporting education. The Born Learning Trail is designed to help adults interact with children to boost language and literacy development. It is a series of learning activities, such as hopscotch, with instructions presented on 10 bilingual signs present at various points throughout the trial.

We worked in groups to complete numerous tasks. Some members dug holes and cemented in signs. Other members painted letters, shapes, and activities on the sidewalk trail. I became known as the “expert taper” because I laid tape in perfect shapes-prep work necessary before painting. As a side-project, we even repainted a large story chair in front of the main entrance. We worked for over 3 hours and celebrated our accomplishment with a pizza party.

I would like to give a special thanks to Home Depot, the Jones Center, and the Generation GIVE Special Events Group for helping making this success.

Not only was this a great opportunity to help children in Northwest Arkansas, but it was an opportunity to get to know my fellow Generation GIVE members, who I look forward to working with on many similar projects in the future. My hope is for children to obtain what they learned on the trail and use their creativity to create their own version of the trail at their home or school. If we can help just a few children become better readers or create a stronger bond between a parent and their child, then we all succeed.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 29 at 4:00p.m. for the ribbon-cutting and celebration! I hope to see you there to celebrate this addition to our Northwest Arkansas community. If this is trail proves successful, we plan on installing more trails in the area.

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