Truist and United Way Enhance Local Park

United Way of Hernando County Installs Hernando’s
6th Born Learning Trail at Linda Pedersen Park. 

BLT Welcome SignOn Monday, November 16, 2020, United Way of Hernando County teamed up with Truist (previously Suntrust and BB&T) and Hernando County Parks and Recreation to tackle the installation of a brand-new Born Learning Trail at Linda Pederson Park in Hernando Beach. This marks the 6th Born Learning Trail in Hernando County installed by United Way to date.

Volunteers gathered early that Monday morning, ready to work hard and trace, paint, and get creative installing the 10 trail signs around the park. This volunteer project was part of United Way’s “5 Days of Caring” the week before Thanksgiving, which encouraged local Hernando County residents to get involved by volunteering and giving back to their community.

Truist Volunteers with Banner“Volunteering has been difficult since COVID-19, and we know that around the holidays, community members and businesses want to get involved in a meaningful way,” stated United Way of Hernando County’s Executive Director/CEO, Angie B. Walasek. “That’s why our United Way took the time to host a safe, socially-distanced, volunteer opportunity outdoors at a local park, beautifying the space and making it more fun for local kids and families.”

This popular, interactive early learning tool inspires parents and caregivers to engage with their children in imaginative ways. The trail signs motivate parents to help their children learn the ABCs, sing or tell stories about their surroundings, learn numbers by playing a fun game of hopscotch, and recognize different shapes by jumping and skipping over the colorful circles, squares, and triangles painted on the sidewalk.

For more information on Hernando County’s Born Learning Trail locations, please visit

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“I’ve been bringing my two children to another Born Learning Trail at Tom Varn Park for months,” said one excited parent. “This particular park is much closer to my house, and I love the helpful tips on the signs that help me interact with my girls instead of watching from afar. I’m taking an active role in their education by making learning fun, and that’s the best way my kids learn!”

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