New Story Walk At Dr. P. K. Vyas MD Community Park

BENSON – Partnership for Children of Johnston County has officially opened their second Story Walk location, which can be found at 401 South Elm Street in Benson, at the Dr. P.K. Vyas MD Community Park.

The Story Walk concept offers everyone an opportunity to read a children’s book while walking through the path, providing a very easy way to encourage literacy in children. Participants are guided through questions to ask their children, leading to meaningful family conversations and what will hopefully become a love for reading.

Books are rotated periodically, so the experience could be different every time someone stops by the park. Each story, along with the questions, will be in English and Spanish. PFCJC thanked Matt Smith, Director of Benson Parks and Recreation and his team for installing the Story Walk and to the wonderful community members that donated to this project through our annual Raise the Booty fundraiser.

The featured book to kick off the new Story Walk is called Different but Special, written by Johnston County’s own Owen Daughtry (pictured) with members of the Benson Chamber of Commerce and Benson Town employees.

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 Partnership for Children of Johnston County is a non-profit organization that has worked for 24 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.

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