Youth Put Art Talents to Work

Youth and staff from the Full Circle Youth Program at the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority are combining fun, art and education for a good cause! This summer, six youth helped paint a Born Learning Trail in Edgewood Homes. The trail consists of ten signs highlighting different activities and games parents can play with their small children. An emphasis is placed on interacting with children and helping them find different ways to experience the world around them. The materials for this project were provided by the United Way of Douglas County and Douglas County Community Foundation.

This is one of several volunteer projects the Full Circle Youth Program is working on this summer. An interest in volunteering and giving back to the community was sparked by a Produce for Kids Veggie Party prize, a $100 gift card to make donations at Other projects Full Circle youth are developing and involved with include volunteering at the Lawrence Humane Society and the Lawrence Community Shelter as well as beautification projects at Edgewood Homes. These projects will continue throughout the school year as time and busy schedules allow.

The opening of the Born Learning Trail will be celebrated at the 2nd Annual ZOMBIE Walk/Bike/Run on Saturday, August 17th from 9am-12pm at Edgewood Homes, 1600 Haskell Avenue. Youth will be on hand to lead groups walking the trails as well as different activities throughout Edgewood Homes. Several local organizations attending this event include Head Start, Lawrence Public Library, LOL Family Zone, K-State Research and Extension, Parents as Teachers, Safe Kids, Success by 6 and Tiny-K. The rain date for this event will be Saturday, August 24th. For more information about the 2nd Annual ZOMBIE Walk/Bike/Run contact Mary Orem at 785-331-4418 or

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