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United Way debuts Traveling Tree House

Children enjoyed games and activities during a Traveling Tree House stop. (Contributed photo)

A large number of children out having fun in the local parks this summer might mean that the Traveling Tree House has arrived.

Debuted by United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties, the bus is staffed by early Childhood Education professionals. They will drive the bus throughout Douglas County offering games, learning opportunities and reading times to enhance educational opportunities for children pre-K to third grade.

The first day of activities drew more than 60 children at both Fillmore Park and City Park in Alexandria.

Individuals may donate children's books to United Way. Those books will be given to children who take part in the Traveling Tree House experience.

Schedules for Douglas County communities are as follows:

• Tuesdays - Alexandria Fillmore Park, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; City Park, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

• Wednesdays - Carlos City Park, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Miltona Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

• Thursdays - Garfield Park Awhile Gardens, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Brandon Lions Park, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call United Way at (320) 834-7800 or visit