Volunteers build learning trail at our Larkins ELC

September 12th, 2011
Glenn Yeager and Michael Okechukwu (with City Year Detroit) assemble a bench.

A rainy Saturday morning did not deter about 40 determined volunteers who installed outdoor learning stations and beautified the gardens at our Larkins Early Learning Communities (ELC) hub.

The volunteer project was a team effort involving the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Panera Bread, City Year Detroit, and Southwest Solutions.

The effort was part of “Impact Your Community,” an initiative by Panera and United Way to encourage people to make a difference in their communities through one-day service projects.

At the Larkins ELC this past Saturday (9-10), the volunteers installed a permanent “Born Learning Trail” kit, which features signs that offer helpful tips for parents and caregivers to encourage early learning through play, exploration and everyday activities.

Volunteers also built benches, put up fencing, and spruced up garden areas with additional mulch and plants.

Panera provided breakfast and lunch.

Panera and United Way host many volunteer events throughout the year to build healthier, stronger communities. To learn more, visit www.liveunitedsem.org/panera2011.

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