Leadership Pensacola’s 2022 Class has installed “Born Learning Trails” at three local area parks: Chimes Way, Highland Terrace, and Morris Court.
Leadership Pensacola celebrated the completion of the Born Learning Trails with a Grand Opening Celebration on Tuesday, May 10 at Highland Terrace Park, joined by elected officials, sponsors, Greater Pensacola Chamber representatives, LeaP partners, and local youth.
Building Escambia County’s workforce starts before kindergarten when a child’s brain benefits most from developmental learning experiences. For parents with limited support during these formative years, resources that are accessible close to home make all the difference.
Leadership Pensacola’s 2022 class installation of “Born Learning Trails” in select neighborhoods will help provide parents and caregivers with fun, interactive activities to engage in with their children. The goal of the trails is to reinforce learning opportunities that are present in everyday life and to increase kindergarten readiness in Escambia County.
The Leadership Pensacola class chose to install the interactive early learning trails based on evidence-based methods backed by United Way. They designed and painted the sidewalk murals, hoping the designs would ignite imagination and foster connections between kids and their guardians. Most importantly, the class sought to engage parents in the early childhood education of the children in their community. The LeaP class implemented three trails with activity signage in parks adjacent to vulnerable neighborhoods near ReadyKids! schools.
Leadership Pensacola Class of 2022 members were joined by local muralists and volunteers from the community to paint the trails, with materials made possible by sponsor donations.
“We are thrilled to partner with the LeaP Class of 2022 and United Way of West Florida to install Born Learning Trails in neighborhood parks near the elementary schools we serve. At ReadyKids!, our mission and daily work is in getting children ready for school. Families are a child’s first and best teacher, so we want to empower our parents to foster engaging learning opportunities anywhere they can by using the world around them. Born Learning Trails are designed to do just that – incorporating learning through play and sparking conversation and imagination. Accessible to anyone and everyone, Born Learning Trails go a step further by uniting learners of all levels, ages, and backgrounds to create beautiful moments of exploration and learning together.” said Kristy Craig, Program Director at ReadyKids!
Key to the success of the trail artwork was consulting provided by Pensacola Muralists, an emerging network of local muralists whose work can be seen around the Pensacola area. The group was founded by Daniela de Castro Sucre.
“Pensacola Muralists, especially artist Eniko Ujj, gave us recommendations for paint and translation techniques to bring this artwork to life. It was important to us that volunteer painters of all experience levels felt empowered to execute our art plan and make their mark on early childhood development. We are incredibly grateful for the time and talents provided by our local muralist community that have helped make this project the visual experience we envisioned for families.” said Christine Deckert, the project’s Creative Lead and Creative Director at Vivid Bridge Studios.
Leadership Pensacola (LeaP), a program of the Pensacola Chamber Foundation, aims to develop community-minded leaders during its 10-month-long program. LeaP is designed to help participants acquire an understanding of the issues facing the Pensacola area and to gain the leadership skills necessary to resolve them. Candidates come from a cross-section of the community — individuals from different political, career, educational, social and cultural backgrounds.
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