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Lake Stevens celebrates “Tales and Trails”

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Published on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 by JOURNAL STAFF

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Learning happens everywhere a child goes, but parents, grandparents and caregivers may not always know how to support that learning.

That won’t be the case in Lake Stevens. 
Now, when parents and caregivers take a young child to Lundeen Park, they’ll be able to play games together that also provide strong early learning experiences for school readiness.  That’s because a Born Learning Trail being created by community volunteers will help parents, grandparents and caregivers turn excursions to the park into fun learning moments for children birth to five years old.

The new Born Learning Trail opens August 8 with a community “Tales and Trails” party at 10:30 a.m. at Lundeen Park, 10020 Lundeen Park Way. 

Come enjoy hot dogs, songs, puppetry and juggling as Lake Stevens celebrates the new Born Learning Trail and the first anniversary of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. 
Family entertainer Linda Severt performs at 10:45 a.m., followed by guided tours of the trail, prize drawings and free books for children to take home.

It’s all good fun--and good learning, say the community sponsors behind Imagination Library and the new Born Learning Trail.

“In Washington state, 56 percent of children enter kindergarten not ready to learn, according to teachers,” said Katrina Ondracek, director of public policy and community initiatives for United Way of Snohomish County. “For low-income families, that jumps to 75 percent. Research tells us that what happens in a child’s early years is critically important for success in life and school.” 

The “Tales and Trails” celebration marks the first anniversary of the program in Lake Stevens. New families will also be able to sign up for the free book program at the celebration.
“The Born Learning Trail and Imagination Library boost language and literacy development by turning fun, every day moments into learning moments for infants, toddlers and preschoolers,” said Leslie Elsemore, chair of Academic Beginnings for Children.

For more information, contact United Way’s Katrina Ondracek at Katrina.ondracek@uwsc.org  or visit www.uwsc.org and click on “Tales and Trails.” 
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