Wait until the paint dries!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


Contributor: Ryan Batley, United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leader and Food & Beverage Director at Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

There are many reasons why I choose to participate in Emerging Leaders, although my favorite part is the people. Being in a room filled with young, passionate, and driven individuals, like those in Emerging Leaders, gives me confidence our community has a bright future.
One of the projects recently spearheaded by Emerging Leaders was the installation of a new Born Learning Trail at Neenah Memorial Park. Emerging Leaders recognize the importance of an active lifestyle and the need to teach young children in the community to stay active. Born Learning Trails are designed to do just that! Born Learning Trails are original public engagement projects that turn a trip to the park into a fun learning experience with interactive activity guides.
It was very gratifying to be a part of a Born Learning Trail build. When we met at the park, our team divided up the stations to complete the trail. We then mapped out the path, set up the signs and posts, and painted on the trail pavement. Even during the build, you can see excitement on kids’ and parents’ faces. Kids usually want to start using the trail right away, but we have to ask them to wait until the paint dries!
We are excited to share what we think is a great addition to an already signature park in the community. Please join us for a Born Learning Trail Celebration on Saturday, October 8th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park (near the south pavilion in Neenah) to see what all the fun is about!
The celebration is a FREE opportunity to network, have a playdate with your kids, and learn more about United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders. Come ready to play, explore, and to be active with your little ones, with no other expectations. We will be providing free coffee (for parents) and free books (for kids), while supplies last. Please RSVP to attend.
Hope to see you there!

Emerging Leaders is recommended for people age 40 and under; giving is $500 or more. Emerging Leaders are the next generation making an impact in our community, dedicated to service and philanthropy. To learn more about Emerging Leaders, contact Sandy Drexler.