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Pensacola, Fla. – February 11, 2021 
The third of five Born Learning Trails was installed in Pea Ridge in January at Santa Villa ParkThis Born Learning Trail was a partnership between the Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County, the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners, United Way of West Florida (UWWF), with funding from International Paper.  
The trail features colorful signs that encourage adults and their children to notice and identify sounds, shapes, and colors in their surroundings. In addition to installing the signs, members from the Pace High School Interact Club, along with students Julianne Miller and Lauren Murray painted hopscotch, numbers, a dragon, vibrant sunflower mural, music notes, shapes, and ladybug on the footpath. 
“I am so thankful and excited to have this great educational asset in our community,” said Sam Parker, Santa Rosa County Commissioner. “I appreciate everyone who helped make this possible." 

The Born Learning Trail, a United Way Worldwide initiative since 2005, 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 while playing at a park.   
“We are pleased to support United Way of West Florida in their efforts to make a difference,” said Whitney Fike, communications manager, International Paper. “Supporting great community projects like the Born Learning Trail are an investment in our family, friends and neighbors.”    
Plans are being put in place to install the remaining two trails in various locations throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.   
UWWF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fights for the health, education, and the financial stability of every citizen in our community. UWWF has operated locally for 96 years with a vision of a community United to create better opportunities for all. By investing in programs, participating in partnerships, and leveraging resources, UWWF works to meet a mission of Uniting our community to improve lives.