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United Way Brings Educational Fun To Kensico

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – This Monday, the United Way of Westchester and Putnam counties, along with top executives from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, will install a new "Born Learning Trail" at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

The learning trail will target children ages one to six and will feature multiple interactive features that the child can experience with their parent or guardian. Some of these activities include games, storytelling, singing and more. The United Way hopes that these activities can add to a child's language and critical thinking skills.

"It gives parents concrete, fun activities that will enhance a child's ability to learn, think, and interact with others," said United Way of Westchester and Putnam CEO Naomi Adler in a statement.

The trail will be built entirely by volunteers, which includes 12 top executives from Siemen's, which is located in Tarrytown.

"By encouraging early learning opportunities in such a fun and interactive way, we believe that the Born Learning Trail will help inspire children to become innovators of tomorrow," said Michael Reitermann, CEO of Siemen's, in a statement.

The trail will be accented by flowerbeds and trail signs will be located through the Kensico Dam Plaza's playground area. The learning trails will feature ten signs throughout that will help guide the child and their parent or guardian.

The event will begin Monday at 9:30 a.m. with speeches from Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, United Way's Shannon Cobb and Reitermann. The trail building and construction will then begin at 10 a.m. In the event of light rain, the project will go on but may be cancelled due to heavy storms.

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