October 23, 2012
d parques completes its path throughout the Island
Doral's reforestation and education program impacted 6 cities in Puerto Rico.

d parques, Doral Bank's community program built to strengthen moderate and low income communities through reforestation, planted gardens and installed educational paths in 6 communities in the Island: Guaynabo, San Juan, Mayagüez, Río Piedras, Ponce, and Florida.

Doral's green effort, which has been active for 3 years, completed its route for this year in Urbanización Reparto Sevilla. With their allies from the Natural Resources Department, United Way, Telemundo and Primera Hora, Doral sowed gardens and built United Way's Born Learning Trails in the communities' parks. The families living in the impacted communities can now learn while playing thanks to d parques.

"Parks are centers of union, community, and family. By reforesting and improving a park's quality, we strengthen the community. With our new alliance, we provide tools to promote early education," said Lucienne Gigante, VPS of Marketing and Community at Doral.

Doral incorporates early childhood education with "Born Learning," in alliance with the Women's Leadership Council of United Way (Fondos Unidos): the installation of instructive signs and interactive games that provide parents with ways of educating their children during day-to-day activities. With Born Learning, Doral emphasizes the importance of educating and integrating learning opportunities in daily activities, making a difference in the lives of youths and their families.

With this educational effort, d parques strives to make a difference against the lack of prevention for Puerto Rico's educational crisis. 40% of our youths do not graduate from high school, 10% of children in public school fail the first grade, and 53% of children in public schools do not read or write with fluidity by third grade . "Born Learning" awakens a child's interest in learning and gives parents necessary confidence when it comes to teaching their children.

For more information on these educational and environmental efforts, go to doralbank.com/dparques and facebook.com/doralbank.

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