Natchitoches community celebrates Born Learning Trail installation

By Samantha Maiette

Snow cones, hotdogs, laughing children and upbeat music welcomed park visitors to the grand opening of the Born Learning Trail at Ross Williams Park June 15.

United Way of Northwest Louisiana spearheaded the installation of the trail with the goal of helping children learn through activities located along the pathway. The activities are meant to help boost language and literacy development. The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation sponsored the trail.

The United Way also presented grants to six local groups during the opening ceremonies.

The six area nonprofits to receive a United Way NWLA grant include:

• Campti Community Development Center $4,000
• City of Natchitoches – Community Programs $1,500
• Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging $10,000
• Sabine Council on Aging $5,000
• The Food Bank of Central Louisiana $12,500
• Women’s Resource Center $8,500

“All of the agencies we selected today are helping folks who are filling the need in our community within Natchitoches, Sabine, Red River and Winn,” said Lynn Stevens, chief operating officer for northwest La.

The money each group received will help to feed seniors, fund summer youth programs, fund the Louisiana Back Pack fund as well as other local outreach programs.