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Derik Vanderford|Daily TimesUnion County First Steps representatives and local officials are happy to cut the ribbon to officially open Union's first Born Learning Trail at Timken Sports Complex.
Derik Vanderford|Daily TimesUnion County First Steps representatives and local officials are happy to cut the ribbon to officially open Union's first Born Learning Trail at Timken Sports Complex.
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UNION — A new trail offers parents and children an opportunity to turn everyday moments into learning moments.


A ribbon cutting ceremony unveiled Union’s first Born Learning Trail at Timken Sports Complex on Saturday, thanks to the collaboration of Union County First Steps, Union County Recreation Department/Timken Sports Complex, Union Civitan Club, U.C.A.R.E., Union Lion’s Club, Sherwin Williams and United Way of the Piedmont.


Union County First Steps Director Beth Thompson said the trail will allow parents and children to take part in learning activities together.


“The Born Learning Trail is a valuable community resource for early learning,” Thompson said. “Experiencing the Born Learning Trails together is a wonderful learning activity for both parent and child.”


The trail captures 10 outdoor games on engaging signs — some of which have corresponding activities colorfully painted on the paved trail — to help parents and caregivers create learning opportunities for young children.


The signs and painted games include various activities such as hopscotch or games with shapes. Signs also encourage turning any time into story time, getting active by imitating animals, learning about nature, and other ways of interaction to make each other smile, laugh and learn. The signs remind those who walk the trail that “there are opportunities to learn everywhere.”


For more information, visit the Born Learning Upstate website — www.BornLearningUpstateSC.org — to find tips on how to turn everyday moments like cooking or going to the grocery store or park into fun learning experiences for children.


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