United Way of Chesterfield County Partners with Duke Energy to Bring Innovative Approach to Learning at Cheraw’s Arrowhead Park

Staff Report From Florence CEO

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

The United Way of Chesterfield County has partnered with Duke Energy and the Town of Cheraw to bring a fun and interactive approach to outdoor learning to Chesterfield County families.

Powered by a $2,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, the Born Learning Trail at Arrowhead Park will help parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities when visiting the park.

Created in 2005, the United Way’s Born Learning Trail concept is a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or visiting a local playground.

“Advancing early childhood educational outcomes for and investing in the long-term vitality of the communities we serve are a critical focus for Duke Energy,” said Mindy Taylor, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. “This unique approach to learning will also be fun for the whole family, and we’re very happy to help bring that to Cheraw.”

Volunteers from Duke Energy, the United Way and the Town of Cheraw recently completed the installation of the trail, the first located in Chesterfield County. 

"It is critical for every child in Chesterfield County to enter school with the essentials they need to succeed: a good home support system, community support, and positive social interaction,” said Catherine Thompson, resource development director for the United Way. “Working together to address the basic needs of all children, and helping to provide for these needs is essential. The Born Learning Trail is a great opportunity to help address these needs in a fun and interactive way."