‘Readers to Leaders Story Book Trails’ Brings Out Reading to Pulaski County Trails
PULASKI COUNTY, KY. (WTVQ) – A new history book trail program is preparing to roll out across Pulaski County.
The first Readers to Leaders Story Book Trails is set to open with a celebration on July 3 at Eubank Park and the grand opening the day after the fourth.
The idea is to set up a series of plaques showing a page or two from a book on each one.
It all started in the Somerset Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce 2020 Lake Cumberland Leadership Class. The project was the group’s final project in the classroom, but they decided to see it through and make it happen.
“No, I’ve never seen it fall into place so quickly. You might think we’re going to do a group project and then we all go back to work because we all have jobs, you know, it’s just an extra that we’re doing, and then all of a sudden you start to fuck yourself. serve, ”said Kristin Whitson, one of the band members.
Keep in mind that the group was brainstorming during a pandemic, so it is normal for the activity to be social-distanced.
“I worked from home for the first three months of the pandemic, so being outside was one of our main goals, because being inside four walls was very difficult,” Amber Snell recalls. , another member.
Storybook routes are sponsored by sponsors, with different levels of markers per sponsorship level.
Jessica Carlton is a group leader for the project and says the actual cost is much less than the projected $ 5,200 per story track because the community is taking their time to install the plaques.
The first books are also written by local authors.
Fifth-grader Kadence Lyons says she and her friends are hoping to be the first at the opening.
“Mainly because my friends love nature and animals so much and basically everything in nature,” she said.
Her mom agrees it’s a great way to get out there and do something educational.
The group is also expecting activities for children.
So far there are eight parks with history book trail approval and are as follows:
Rocky Hollow Park
White lily park
Pulaski Co Park *
These are all paved trails as well, so hopefully families and kids of all skill levels can access the story books.
The carpentry class at a technical college in the area is making its way onto the catwalks, so the next track to open depends on how quickly the class continues production in the fall.