HATTIESBURG -- Pine Belt Young Professionals (PBYP) presented a check at the United Way Board Meeting today in support of the Town Square Park Born Learning Trail in Hattiesburg. Funds were raised at the Young Professionals’ “BarbeCAUSE” held on September 7th, 2012. This first annual “Barbecue for a Cause” exceeded expectations in both turnout and funds raised, thanks to support from generous sponsors and community members.
According to the United Way, Born Learning Trails “provide young children with an opportunity to get active, have fun and boost language and literacy skills.1” The Pine Belt Young Professionals enthusiastically selected the Born Learning Trail as their cause of choice due to the immense impact early childhood education has on communities.
“Early Childhood education is critical to the success of our community and society as a whole,” said Ashley Grant, Immediate Past Chair of PBYP. “As young professionals, we see the value in working to improve education now. In doing so, we are paying it forward by helping to cultivate those who will become the leaders in our community one day. A Born Learning Trail helps us leave a lasting impact in families’ lives for years to come. We thank United Way and Excel by 5 for allowing us to partner with them in this venture.”