Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill got a new addition. With the help of United Way Hernando and the strong dedication of their sponsors and volunteers as well as their Student Board, the Born Learning trail was created.
“I honestly thought that Delta Woods was a perfect location just because it is so active,” said Angela Bonfardino, Executive Director for United Way of Hernando. Bonfardino joined the non-profit organization six years ago.
“It’s right in line with our early learning initiative. So each trail sign has researched based activities that parents and caregivers can interact with young children, ” Bonfardino explained.
Weeks ago the United Way student board members, volunteers from Target and young professionals, worked hard to install 10 interactive signs. They painted some really cool interactive designs on the sidewalks at Delta Woods Park as well. The interactive signs were strategically placed within and around the playground area.
“ I think a lot of time with the research we have done, a lot of parents, especially first time parents, they might think there is a lot more to that early literacy part or the early education. But statistics show that children are literally born learning. Everyday interactions can be tied into this early learning process. That just helps them prepare them for kindergarten and that’s really what we are really aiming for,” Bonfardino explained.
Delta Woods is the largest park in the Hernando County. “It adds to the park,” said Harry Johnson, Park and Recreation Manager. “It’s collaboration with a great organization United Way, along with the Chamber of Commerce and Brown & Brown. Gives kids other activities to do when they are here. It’s educational, it’s learning, it’s a great enhancement. We are happy to be part of this. We actually want to do a second one down the road on the east side of the county; we want to pick the right park to best serve the people.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday had a great turn out of families and professionals.
“We are so grateful for the community that we live in. I think that everyone coming together. It’s fun projects like this that really show unity, that this is our community and we have to take care of it,” Bonfardino said.
For more information about United Way of Hernando visit their website at http://www.unitedwayhernando.org/
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