New Wonder Trail blazes path of learning at MLK Center

Executive director Sissy Ferguson gets some good assistance as she cuts the ribbon on the Wonder Trail at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Executive director Sissy Ferguson gets some good assistance as she cuts the ribbon on the Wonder Trail at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center.

A new tool for learning was introduced recently at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center in Alcoa, and the children walked all over it.

That was just fine with the center’s executive director Sissy Ferguson.

The tool is a Wonder Trail, and it was unveiled on June 29 to neighbors and MLK Center guests. The Wonder Trail is an engaging path of activities that help parents promote language and pre-literacy skills, motor skills, physical activity and school readiness in young children.

This is the third Wonder Trail installed in Blount County. This particular trail was made possible through a partnership between the United Way’s Success by 6, Maryville Alcoa Blount County Parks and Recreation and the City of Alcoa. Other Wonder Trails are located at Springbrook Park and at Sandy Springs Park.

“I had seen the ones at Sandy Springs and at Springbrook, and I was so excited for us to get something here adjacent to the center,” said Sissy Ferguson. “It is geared toward kids and little ones. It is a blast, and we are already using it quite a bit. There are other groups that come through and use it as well. To have it in this community really means a lot.”

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