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StoryWalk Provides Host, Sponsor, and Volunteer Opportunities

Picture1Are you looking for a new and exciting get to give back and get involved?StoryWalk® might be a great fit!

StoryWalk® is, “an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story” (1).

The StoryWalk® Project was developed by Anne Ferguson in Montpelier, Vermont to encourage reading while enjoying physical activity. Last year, the Education Division of Community Council, sponsored by United Way of Alamance County, began discussing StoryWalk® after hearing interest from several partners and stakeholders. A committee was formed to explore the possibilities of implementing the project and after a series of meetings, the outdoor track at the Mayco Bigelow Center at North Park in Burlington was chosen to be the first location for a StoryWalk® .

This site is being funded through a student philanthropy grant at Elon University from the Citrone Family. The project has 16 stations of outdoor signage that will hold a children’s picture book. The book is  taken apart and mounted on the signs. Each station will be separated by about 20-40 paces to encourage children and their caregivers to experience the story by walking through the park. This project helps to build literacy skills, and provides an active, outdoor experience for families by changing the built environment.

Throughout the year the book will be changed in partnership with Alamance County Public Libraries. StoryWalks can be inside or outside, and can even be mobile for events. The StoryWalk® Project is underway in Alamance County thanks to members of the Education Division of Community Council. There are many opportunities to become involved with this exciting initiative, such as: a Host, a Sponsor, and/or a Volunteer.

A Host provides the venue (land) for the StoryWalk to be installed
and helps to make sure the process goes smoothly and makes a commitment to host.
The goal is to have five locations confirmed by the end of 2016.

A Sponsor provides the financial capital to cover the cost of the materials, such as: posts, cement, signage etc..
It has been estimated to cost $5,000-$6,000 per site (donations may be made to United Way of Alamance County).
The Sponsor will be recognized (via name or logo on signage) at each site.

A Volunteer (may be a group or individual) that provides a helping hand with
installation, beautification, and on-going support to ensure the StoryWalk is always looking its best!

Books for each StoryWalk® will be provided by Alamance County Public Libraries and will be periodically rotated.

The StoryWalk® committee members are very excited to continue this project in order to promote a culture of reading and healthy living in Alamance County. We hope to secure additional locations throughout the county.  If you are interested in becoming a host site or sponsor, please contact April Durr, Director of Community Impact at United Way of Alamance County at adurr@uwalamance.org or (336)438-2000.

12832447_986231261411985_8001139590454810224_nSpecial Thanks to the StoryWalk Planning Committee Members:

April Durr—United Way of Alamance County
Jeanne Duvall—Elon University
Stephanie Braxton—Alamance Citizens for Education
William Gattis—Burlington Recreation & Parks
Sherri Henderson—Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
Michelle Mills—Alamance County Public Libraries

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Sources

(1) Kellogg Hubbard Library. (n.d.). StoryWalk. Retrieved March 04, 2016, fromhttp://www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk