On the grounds of schools and parks throughout Lake County you will find dozens of United Way of Lake County’s (UWLC) Early Learning Trails. Early Learning Trails are publicly accessible outdoor learning games focused on developing school readiness skills. They are brightly painted paths marked by numbers 1 through 10, letters of the alphabet, and shapes.

Company volunteer teams take part in painting and revitalizing these trails through United Way Days.

Clearview Elementary's principal, Mr. Lara, visited the volunteers to thank them for their efforts:“In our community the needs are great especially in academics. We have students who enter school for the first time in first grade and cannot spell their name. We have students who cannot recognize colors and shapes.

Each morning as our students play and get ready to line up to enter school, they are able to practice the alphabet, numbers, and shapes. These skills might seem elementary - they are - but for some of our students this is the first time they are exposed to these core skills.”

The volunteers worked throughout the day to make the Early Learning Trail brighter in hopes that they can give Clearview students a brighter future.

Last Summer, a United Way Day team from Abbott provided the paint, supplies, and spent the day repainting Clearview Elementary’s Early Learning Trail in Waukegan so that it was ready for students when they returned to school in August.

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