As part of the national Day of Action, United Way is excited to install a Born Learning Trail on the new pathway that connects the Fun Zone with the pool at Plymouth Park.

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 our 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.”

Nearly thirty 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.

“It is so exciting and rewarding to be a part of something that will benefit young kids for years to come,” shared Jenn Holzinger, chair of the Young Leaders United Executive Council. “Young Leaders are committed to combining philanthropy and volunteerism to impact our community. We can’t wait to see the excited faces of children enjoying the trail.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 26th at 4:00 p.m. Community leaders, Midland Exchange Club 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. There will be healthy snacks available and free gifts for all kids in attendance.

“We invite kids and kids at heart to join us for the official opening,” shared Ann Fillmore. “More importantly, we hope the trail becomes a regular destination for kids and their families all year long.”

The United Way Born Learning Trail was generously sponsored by the Midland Exchange Club. Sherwin Williams donated the paint for the project and Prime Fasteners provided the fasteners. Special thanks to the City of Midland for their support of this community project.