BORN LEARNING EDUCATIONAL PARK INAUGURATED IN THE PASEO LA PRINCESA AT EL VIEJO SAN JUAN
February 22, 2019 – More families in Puerto Rico will now have the opportunity to further develop from the everyday life cognitive development of their children by visiting this new recreational and educational park. United Way of Puerto Rico in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and Carnival Corporation today announced the opening of the Born Learning trail on the grounds of the ‘Children’s Park’ located on La Princesa Passage at Old San Juan. Thanks to the transformation derived when converting a passive park into an educational one, parents and caregivers will have at hand additional educational strategies for children in different and fun ways during their visits to this park. The initiative provides more families with the opportunity to improve the quality of their children’s learning at an early age, a vital step for full development in school and eventually for the rest of their lives in order to be successful.
After the passage of Hurricane María, United Way of PR and its ‘Seeding the Future, for the Development of a New Generation’ program began a process of identifying those parks in need of reconstruction as a means to facilitate and promote the child development and interactions with their parents, relatives and caregivers.
When reconstructing this park on the La Princesa walkway, several suggested activities designed to stimulate the cognitive development of children were inserted as part of their communication through a series of signs. Together with these figures, letters and hopscotch were integrated, painted on the ground. The remodeled park looks very attractive and complete as it contains educational and game components that include frills, giant musical instruments, ups and downs, geometric figures, numerals, alphabet letters and educational messages, among other amenities.
Samuel González, President of United Way of PR, explained that “Born Learning is part of the organization’s strategies within their ‘Seeding the Future’ program. In this effort, the participation of the community is vital to convert daily life, as it is to take the children to the park to play, in learning opportunities. It fills me with great satisfaction that Carnival Corporation and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company joined us with important contributions for investing in the interest of supporting early childhood. These activations allow us to continue aligning the necessary resources to ensure that children can reach their full potential. ”
“Carnival Corporation is indeed proud to support the important Born Learning Educational Park initiative, in close coordination with United Way of Puerto Rico, as we work closely together to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria,” said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation, whose nine global cruise line brands include namesake Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.
Added Frizzell: “At Carnival Corporation, we have over 120,000 passionate employees representing nearly 150 countries. In addition to providing our over 12 million annual guests a great vacation at an exceptional value, we have a firm commitment to the communities we visit. We are extremely proud to support important community engagement initiatives such as this effort in Puerto Rico, as we fully embrace the value of community engagement, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in our communities. This exciting community initiative will serve for many years as an iconic symbol of people and organizations coming together to support Puerto Rico.”
The concepts of signs containing educational messages allow a greater approach and better interaction between parents and children during their early childhood stage. As part of the philosophy of the ‘Seeding the Future’ cause, the focus is on keeping in mind the future of Puerto Rican early childhood, stimulating early learning as a crucial element so that they become good citizens, productive and successful people when they join the workforce. The goal is to ensure that children between the ages of 0 to 6 years get upbringing in a loving environment, filled with all necessary care enablers for the healthy development of next generations; the development of resources such as these embody strong milestones in that direction. The Born Learning initiative work will expand to other trails in other parks around Puerto Rico that will soon be inaugurated with the support of other collaborators. We encourage families to visit these parks so that especially children may enjoy the experience. We continue forward fighting for a better future for our children.
About United Way of Puerto Rico
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the community. Supported by over 4,000 volunteers, more than 100,000 donors and close to $11 million raised every year, United Way is the Islands largest privately-funded nonprofit organization. We’re engaged islandwide through our 129 affiliated nonprofit partner organizations which provide over one million community services directly to more than 900 thousand people, aligned to our role of creating and advancing sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by our community. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor and community leaders, health providers, senior citizens and students among other stakeholders. It’s primary cause is early childhood supported and enabled by the ‘Seeding the Future for the Development of a New Generation’ programs. For more information about United Way of Puerto Rico, please visit fondosunidos.org. Follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter or call us at 787-728-8500. For donations please visit fupr.org/donations or use your ATH Móvil/FondosUnidos App.
About ‘Rebuilding a New Puerto Rico’
This initiative was born as a social commitment of United Way of PR to aid in restoring and strengthen the infrastructure of its partner affiliated NPOs. In this way, ensuring that during a future disaster or national emergency, they can offer continuity to the services and that their aid components are not interrupted in order to preserve the life and health of the participants of the programs. Thanks to the support of many corporate and individual donors, the organization broke down a group of projects that became part of the rebirth of the island and which included: providing lighting to sectors that do not have electricity, distributing donations in kind, strengthening the physical, educational, psychological and operational resources for early childhood programs, design preventive and educational campaigns, present motivational workshops for company employees, provide economic support to small businesses and initiatives of our affiliated entities and help vulnerable communities that they have no support from government agencies, among other efforts.
About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is the world’s largest leisure travel company and among the most profitable and financially strong in the cruise and vacation industries, with a portfolio of nine of the world’s leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.
Together, the corporation’s cruise lines operate 105 ships with 242,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 20 new ships scheduled to be delivered through 2025. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.
With a long history of innovation and providing guests with extraordinary vacation experiences, Carnival Corporation has received thousands of industry awards – including recognition by the Consumer Technology Association™ as a CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for OceanMedallion™. A revolutionary wearable device that contains a proprietary blend of communication technologies, OceanMedallion enables the world’s first interactive guest experience platform transforming vacation travel on a large scale into a highly personalized level of customized service. The prestigious CES Innovation Awards honor outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.
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