Story Walk to be Introduced to Community Thursday

A new feature in the Fairbury City Park will be introduced to the community on Thursday: the StoryWalk. Second graders from Fairbury’s Central School will go to the City Park around
11 a.m. that day to walk through the new StoryWalk and read the story “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves,” by by Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke.

The StoryWalk has been a project of JeffCo on the Move initiated by Fairbury Public Library Director Debbie Aden. A StoryWalk is a series of signs featuring sequential spreads from a children’s picture book. The signs are spread through the south side of the Fairbury City Park (around the horseshoe pit area,) allowing readers to follow along with a story by walking.

“We see this as a great way for families with children to encourage both activity and reading,” Aden said.

Books will be changed out frequently to encourage children and families to come back regularly.

This is just one project of JeffCo On the Move, a coalition which began nearly two years ago as a part of a Walk-Bike Summit in Fairbury. JeffCo on the Move partners include the City of Fairbury, Fairbury Public Library, Jefferson Community Health & Life, Fairbury Public Schools and Public Health Solutions.

The coalition is also working on possible extension of city trails, events to encourage kids to be active, Safe Routes to School, and a historic trail walk.

Anyone interested in being part of the JeffCo On the Move team is invited to contact Lana Likens at 402-729-6855.  We need your ideas and participation to move forward and make Jefferson County a place where we encourage everyone to stay “on the move” to build a healthier community.

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