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United Way > Volunteers descend on Urban Park to create a new trail

By Tris DeRoma

 Who says you have to be a certain age to start learning, or a certain age to stop? United Way of Northern New Mexico, along with a group of other volunteers recently challenged those notions when they descended on Urban Park last week.
Members of UWNNM, YMCA’s YES (YMCA Earth Service) Corps, Metzger’s Do It Best, County Park officials and residents that just wanted to help out got busy creating a “Born Learning Trail,” a trail designed to spark learning and curiosity in the very young, as well as the very young at heart.
Last Thursday, the group spent many hours installing 10 signs along the walkway between the playground and tennis courts at Urban Park, where they also stenciled designs, shapes and numbers the kids could interact with. The signs are for the adults to read to the kids. Some of them refer to the designs on the trail, and say things like: “Point to the letters painted on the ground. Say the sound that each letter makes…”
According to UWNNM’s executive director, Kristy Ortega, the project was UWNNM’s contribution to United Way’s international “Day of Action,” where United Way chapters all over the world carry out a service project that benefits the local community in some way.

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