“Paint Day” for the Claremont Courts Born Learning Trail will be held Monday, May 7th, from 10 am to 1 pm in the community located off Phillips Avenue.
Children enrolled in the Thriving at Three program, along with their parents, service providers, and staff and volunteers from Greensboro Housing Authority (GHA) and United Way of Greater Greensboro will participate in painting hopscotch, shapes, designs and numbers on the trail that extends approximately 1,373 feet through the heart of Claremont Courts to the McGirt Horton Library.
The Born Learning Trail is an engaging path of interactive activities that helps parents/caregivers promote language and pre-literacy skills, motor skills and school readiness for their young children. The trail, funded in part by the Tocqueville Women’s Leadership of the United Way of Greater Greensboro, includes exercise equipment, play and sidewalk graphics and will serve as an educational and fun area for young children in the community.
“Our commitment is that every child in the Claremont Courts community gets off to the best start. We care so deeply about these kids and their families,” said Keith Barsuhn, President, United Way of Greater Greensboro. Thriving at Three operates under the premise of “children who are healthy physically and emotionally by age three are more likely to be successful in school and in life.” “The partnership with GHA Born Learning Trail is the perfect way to link together important assets to the community,” stated Barsuhn.
Claremont Courts provides 250 affordable housing apartments for over 700 low-income, handicapped and elderly Greensboro residents. The modernization of the community was made possible by the award of $5.58 million in Housing and Urban Development Capital Fund Formula Grant funds pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The community now includes newly designed exterior facades for all apartments; the addition of a new handicap-accessible community building that houses community meeting space, a kitchen, Police Neighborhood Resource Center, property management offices, and program staff offices; and new landscaping throughout. An additional $1.8 million in GHA’s Capital Funds provided installation of 250 high energy-star rate 15 SEER heating and cooling systems for the community.
“With the help of Tocqueville Women’s Leadership and United Way of Greater Greensboro, we will offer our youngest residents a great beginning with the Born Learning Trail. Through the complete community renovations, we will provide Claremont families a great place to call home,” said Tina Akers Brown, Chief Executive Officer for the Greensboro Housing Authority.
Three hundred plants were also donated on April 26th by Syngenta. Mums, geraniums and salvia are being planted throughout the community. The official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the community will be held May 11, 2012.