Today, El Paso Electric (EPE) and the United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) celebrated the grand opening of the first Born Learning Trail at Veteran’s Park in northeast El Paso.
Born Learning looks for community partners to participate and install these trails in the community and the El Paso Electric Summer Interns decided to bring Born Learning to El Paso as a part of their corporate giving project. The focus of this project is to encourage healthy lifestyles and cognitive learning within the children of our community.
“This year’s interns have taken such a strong leadership initiative in creating solutions to improve the lives of all El Paso and Las Cruces residents by participating in a movement that can be replicated and modeled by communities in our area and around the surrounding region,” said Crystal Montoya, EPE HR Generalist and Summer Internship Program Coordinator. “Their leadership and passion for the community shines through their efforts and steps they’ve taken to make this initiative a success. They truly understand the value in community and giving.”
A born learning trail contains 10 interactive signs with activities for parents to engage in with their children to turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience.
“The Born Learning Trail promotes fun and games — important components of early childhood learning,” said Deborah A. Zuloaga, CEO of United Way of El Paso County. “Research tells us children are literally ‘born learning.’ That means five years of education take place before they ever enter kindergarten. We know that what happens in a child’s early years matters — for success in life and for school readiness. And we want to help parents, grandparents and caregivers use everyday outings — including trips to Veterans Park — to support that learning. UWEPC is especially proud to partner with El Paso Electric and their intern program on this early childhood development initiative.”
As part of the internship program’s learning outcomes, interns are tasked with leading an initiative focused on corporate social giving. The initiative outcomes raise awareness, influence perspective, educate, and encourage volunteerism within the Company and the community. El Paso has been named the seventh fattest city in the United Sates. Children are no longer playing outside and have resorted to technology which can be used at the comfort of their fingertips. This is why, EPE interns along with the help of employees raised money and donated supplies to assemble this new Born Learning Trail in El Paso. The interns worked together to generate the idea of addressing obesity rates in our region by incorporating fun, physical activities that also exercise cognitive development.
“Having the privilege to impact the community in a positive way, made my experience at El Paso Electric that much more enriching,” said Evan Magallanes, senior at Cathedral High School. “This project could not have been successful without the collaboration of, not only the summer interns, but all of the employees at El Paso Electric and United Way of El Paso County.”
Please join us for this event:Ribbon Cutting for Born Learning Activity Trail Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 9 a.m. Veterans Park - 5301 Salem Dr., El Paso, TX 79924 (Northeast El Paso)
George De La Torre | El Paso Electric
Public Relations Manager
Elizabeth Gamez | United Way of El Paso County
Marketing & Communications Manager