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Group creates ‘Active Pathways’

Submitted photos The Early Brain Development Task Force recently borrowed stencils from the WVU Extension Office to create ‘active pathways’ at two historic sites in Randolph County.

ELKINS — As part of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce’s “Building A Vibrant Community: initiative, the Early Brain Development Task Force recently borrowed stencils from the WVU Extension Office to create “active pathways” at two historic sites: the Kump Education Center in Elkins and the Homestead Community Center in Dailey.

Early Brain Development is a core principal of the Vibrant Community movement, because — as Quint Studer reminds us in “Building A Vibrant Community”“today’s children are tomorrow’s workforce.” In addition, well-educated communities tend to attract investment and keep their children in the community to become contributing citizens.

Four volunteers worked at the Kump Education Center during the morning and then headed to Homestead Community Center in the afternoon. The work team included Tracey Valach of WVU Extension’s Family Nutrition Program, Casey McKay, a WVU Extension 4H Program Assistant, Karrah Washington, Executive Director of United Way of Randolph County, and Michael Hayes, Vibrant Response Task Force Leader for Early Brain Development.

Michael Hayes explained that these paths are a great way to add fun, physical, brain-enhancing opportunities for children of all ages. He went on to say, “From birth to the age of 3, a child’s brain is capable of producing more than a million connections each second due to interactions with people and things. Anything we can do to help that process will benefit our children and ultimately our communities.”

The Early Brain Development Task Force is seeking suggestions from the public for additional locations where we can install these pathways, free of charge. They already exist at many of the elementary schools thanks to WVU Extension.

Four volunteers worked at the Kump Education Center during the morning and then headed to Homestead Community Center in the afternoon.

In addition, the task force welcomes individuals who would like to volunteer to be a part of this task force. There are many other ideas for Early Brain Development programs being planned by the task force for the Elkins — Randolph County community.

The Early Brain Development Task Force is one of many task forces being formed by the Chamber’s Building A Vibrant Community effort. You are encourage to join the Vibrant Community movement by calling the Chamber at 304.636.2717 or email, chamber@erccc.com.

The mission of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce is to advocate, educate, and network to enhance business opportunities in Elkins and Randolph County.

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