Day of play and celebration held at Castle Creek Playground


GRAFTON—On Thursday, the community came together for a day of play and celebration at Castle Creek Playground.

Pre-K students from Little Feet Daycare and Preschool got to experience the new learning trail on the beautiful fall day.

Little Feet Daycare and Preschool owner Julie Dowdy shared that they were very excited to be at the playground for their first field trip of the year.

The Born Learning Trail includes a series of signs geared toward learning while playing. While exploring the 10-step trail children and their parent, guardian, or caregiver will have the opportunity to find fun ways to play and learn at the playground.

Brett White, Director of the United Way, shared that they are very excited to have the trail here in Grafton.

White reported that the United Way of Marion and Taylor Counties recently received a grant from the Bowers Family Charitable Trust to install three of these trails.

The trail at Castle Creek is the first for the organization that just officially expanded into Taylor County in July. The organization will be installing the other two trails in Marion County.

“The Born Learning Trail is a national trademark program that’s geared toward early childhood education,” said White.

In addition, Taylor Family Resources partnered with the United Way to select the site for the trail and helped with the painting on the sidewalks and the installation of the signs.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayor Peggy Knotts Barney, Taylor County Commissioners, Superintendent Christy Miller, members from Taylor Family Resources and other community members were present.

Miller told the attendees that the future to the county and country are the children, and the earlier they can begin educational process with them, the more success they will have.

“This Born Learning Trail is really an opportunity for the citizens of Taylor County to bring their children so we can start them on a path of success,” she voiced. “I am thrilled with this opportunity, and I know this will be well used by the citizens.”

After the ceremony the children took the trail to play and learn.

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