The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club, in conjunction with United Way’s Success
by 6 program and the Chesterton Park Board, cut the ribbon Tuesday to launch
the Dan Keilman Born Learning Trail.
The Trail, located in Chesterton’s Dogwood Park, helps parents, grandparents
and caregivers turn their trips to the park into fun and active learning
The Born Learning Trail consists of ten stations with different activities
designed to prompt caregivers’ interaction with children to boost language
and literacy development in an outdoor setting. At each station, children
are encouraged to interact with their environment and with their companions
and become physically and mentally active.
The Dan Keilman Born Learning Trail is named in honor of Dr. Dan Keilman, a
member of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club and a lifelong educator in the
Dr. Keilman, a former teacher and principal in the Duneland School
Corporation, helped introduce the Parents As Teachers program into the
Duneland Schools. Parents as Teachers is an international early childhood
parent education and family support program which promotes family
involvement in the early childhood learning process. Porter County PAT is a
supporting member of the Born Learning Trail. For more information on PAT,
visit www.duneland.k12.in.us/programs/pat or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
of phone (219) 983-3640.
Rotary is an international service organization of more than one million
members worldwide whose motto is “Service Above Self.” The Chesterton-Porter
Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m., at the Library Service Center
in Chesterton, 100 W. Indiana Avenue.
United Way’s Success By 6 program is the nation’s largest network of early
childhood coalitions focused on boosting school readiness.