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New Story Walk Open in Selma, NC

SELMA, N.C. The first Story Walk in Selma has arrived! It is located along the walking path around Blackley Athletic Park at 601 W. Noble Street. The Story Walk concept offers families the opportunity to enjoy some light physical exercise while reading stories along the path. Through this walk around the park, participants are guided through questions to ask their children, leading to meaningful family conversations and an easy start to Early Literacy. The Story Walk is easily accessible and within walking distance for many of the town’s youngest residents and their families.
The Partnership held the official ribbon cutting ceremony on April 19th at 10am. Community members, students from the Selma Head Start and members from BSA Troop 333 came out to help us celebrate the grand opening! Gracie Earp with BSA Troop 333 in Clayton coordinated the Story Walk installation as her Eagle Scout project. Gracie, along with other troop members dug the post holes and cemented in all 18 Story Walk panels. Attendees at the ribbon cutting received balloons and a free book and took a stroll around the Story Walk.
The featured book to kick off the new Story Walk is called Different but Special, written by Johnston County’s own Owen Daughtry. Owen has Cerebral Palsy and wrote this story when he was a teenager to create awareness on the topic and ensure that every child feels special. The weather is warming up, take this opportunity to visit the Story Walk and learn more about inclusivity with your children! 
The latest Story Walk joins two other locations that the Partnership for Children has installed in Johnston County, one at the Partnership for Children Park in Smithfield and the second at the Dr. P.K. Vyas MD Community Park in Benson. 
Photo: Featured left to right –
Owen Daughtry, Quinn Earp, Owen Earp, Gracie Earp, & Hutch Earp
The Partnership for Children of Johnston County is a non-profit organization that has worked for 25 years to improve the safety, health and emotional well-being of young children by enhancing the quality of childcare and supporting strong families.
Together we will improve the economic sustainability of Johnston County, ensuring that its future workforce is prepared for success in school and life. Find out more about the programs and services offered by the Partnership for Children, by calling (919)202-0002 or follow us on social media @PFCJoCo.