United Way, Sheetz create new trail at Claysburg park

United Way of Blair County is teaming up with Penn State Altoona’s Sheetz Fellows Program to create a second outdoor, interactive, early learning trail at the Claysburg Community Park.

The Born Learning Trail will open in Claysburg Com­munity Park at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The trail includes learning activities for adults to play with young children as fun learning moments, according to a press statement.

It is designed to help boost language and literacy development and to help caregivers support early learning. The Born Learning Trail has 10 signs with activities such as “See! Say! Point! Read!” to encourage practice and play with letters and sounds.

“The Born Learning Trail promotes fun and games — important components of early childhood learning,” Melane Shildt, executive director of United Way of Blair County, said. “We know what happens in a child’s early years matters. … We want to help parents, grandparents and caregivers use everyday outings to support that learning.”

Joey Ramone, a Sheetz Fellows member, said, “We all agreed that this project was a perfect opportunity to shape the young minds of tomorrow and build our lasting legacy in the community.”

For more information about the trail, contact United Way of Blair County at 944-0884.