The Dan Kellman Born Learning Trail, in honor of Chesterton resident

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Community News

Published on October 19, 2011 with No Comments

The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club, in conjunction with United Way’s Success by 6 Program and the Chesterton Park Board, cut the ribbon to launch the Dan Keilman Born Learning Trail. The Trail, located in Chesterton’s Dogwood Park, helps parents, grandparents and caregivers turn their trips to the Park into fun and active learning moments.

The Trail consists of 10 stations with different activities designed to get caregivers to interact with children to boost language and literacy development in an outdoor setting.  At each station, children are encouraged to interact with their environment and with their companions and become physically and mentally active.

The Dan Keilman Born Learning Trail is named in honor of Dr. Dan Keilman, a member of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club and a lifelong educator in the Duneland community. Dr. Keilman, a former teacher and principal in the Duneland School Corporation, helped introduce the Parents as Teachers program into the Duneland Schools.  Parents as Teachers is an international early childhood parent education and family support program which promotes family involvement in the learning process and is a supporting member of the Born Learning Trail.

Rotary is an international service organization of more than one million members worldwide whose motto is “Service Above Self.”  The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m., at the Library Service Center in Chesterton, 100 W. Indiana Avenue.  For more information on the club, visit chesterton-porterrotary.org.

United Way’s Success By 6 program is the nation’s largest network of early childhood coalitions focused on boosting school readiness. For more information on the United way, call 219-464-3583

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