Granite United Way launches bilingual ‘Born Learning Trail’ at Sweeney Park

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Launch of the Born Leaning Trail at Henry J. Sweeney Park on Sept. 25 on the city’s West Side. Photo/Janet Horvath

MANCHESTER, NH – City and school officials joined students Sept. 25 in celebrating the launch of The Born Learning Trail at Henry J. Sweeney Park in Manchester with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The newly-installed children’s learning trail features a series of signs in English and Spanish, along with colorful sidewalk murals, aimed at helping parents and caregivers support early bilingual education for the city’s youngest residents.

Granite United Way organized the initiative in partnership with the City of Manchester’s  Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division. Funding for this trail was donated by the Cogswell Benevolent Trust.

Mayor TedGatsas, Dr. Bolgen Vargas, and Patrick Tufts (President & CEO of Granite United Way) welcomed preschool students from Easterseals Child Development Center to formally open the trail to the community.


According to organizers, The Born Learning Trail is a fun, easy way for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to use outings at Sweeney Park as a way to build learning that is critical for school readiness. A series of signs offering educational games (approved by experts) will guide adults on specific ways to create learning experiences outdoors and suggest tips to use at home. 

About Granite United Way

Granite United Way is an experienced and trusted organization dedicated to leveraging the resources of investors and volunteers to create lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of our community’s most pressing needs.  United Way’s purpose is to convene public, private, and governmental leaders and resources to tackle the largest, most pressing issues facing our community. Granite United Way fights for the education, health and financial stability of everyone in every community.

Each year, 1 in 3 residents of New Hampshire and Windsor County, Vermont engage with Granite United Way as a donor, volunteer or beneficiary of a United Way-funded program. Granite United Way, the merger of 6 local United Ways, mobilizes the power of 22,000 donors and volunteers to provide more than $14 million in support to over 350,000 individuals and provides funding to more than 750 nonprofit programs. Granite United Way is rated a Platinum level participant by GuideStar and holds a Three Star Charity rating by Charity Navigator.

Granite United Way serves the Central Region, Merrimack County, North Country, Northern Region, Southern Region (Manchester / Derry / Salem) and Upper Valley Regions of New Hampshire as well as Windsor County, Vermont.  For more information, visit

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