Horizon Elementary to get Born Learning Trail

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Students at Horizon Elementary will soon get a new way of learning. It's called a Born Learning Trail.

Such trail was installed on Jefferson Elementary's playground, consisting of 10 signs with 10 activities spread out on a quarter of a mile loop.

This will help more students become kindergarten ready by taking the simple things in life and adding an educational element.

"Parents walk with their children and they'll see trees and things, but they don't touch it. They don't talk about it and that's the big piece that we're missing in our district, that vocabulary development," explained Kim Lickley, a parent-teacher organization parent of Horizon.

But it's not just for children.

"Parents, families, community members (and) children can go along the trail and have interactive, fun, engaging activities that help with cognitive development, growth..." said Lickley. She helped spear head the efforts to get a trail at Horizon.

"With our population, we see kindergarten students entering our school district without those developmental skills that make them kindergarten-ready," Lickley explained.

A couple years after installing a Born Learning Trail at Jefferson, officials have noticed more engagement with the path. It was also used for the mayor's walking challenge.

With their success, Toni Harbaugh, vice principal of both Jefferson and Horizon, plans to offer incentives to students when the trail is built at Horizon.

"The students here at Jefferson get to earn individual prizes as well as classroom prizes, so it really motivates our students to get out and walk the trail," Harbaugh added.

Horizon plans to secure funding this spring in hopes of building the trail in the summer.

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