As part of the national Day of Action, United Way is excited to install a Born Learning Trail on the walking path at Floyd Elementary School. In addition, they will be installing a 24/7 Little Free Library at the school, where kids can take or leave a book all year long.

This new interactive trail helps to boost school readiness with nine engaging games that are placed along the trail to reinforce learning and promote physical activity.

“This is an exciting new addition to the Floyd Elementary community,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “It is a great way for parents and caregivers to follow a child’s lead, building their curiosity and confidence.”

Over 25 members of United Way’s Young Leaders United lent their time and muscle to install the trail. From pounding posts and assembling signage, to painting colorful learning games on the trail, they worked together all afternoon. They raised money at a recent Loons outing to provide books and jump ropes for kids in Floyd’s summer program.

“The wonderful thing about living in Midland County is that whenever there is something important and worthwhile to do for children you can count on everyone stepping up to help,” shared a parent of a Floyd student. “Thank you to a community that values our kids, their education, and future.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, July 29th at 12:00 noon. Community leaders, Kiwanis and Chamber members along with parents and community members will officially open the new Born Learning Trail. Young children and families are encouraged to be the first to experience the fun.

“The installation of the trail and the free library align nicely with our community level goals,” shared Ann Fillmore. “What a fun way for area children to become Kindergarten ready, help them with reading at grade level and adopting healthy habits.”

The United Way Born Learning Trail was generously sponsored by the Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation and supported by tools and materials from Bullock Creek Schools and the City of Midland.