The "It Takes a Village" Project is a program that uses a collaborative approach to help children in the community who are struggling to read. Children, Elon students who are majoring in education, and trained community volunteers are paired together for weekly tutoring sessions at five sites in Alamance County. While in an environment rich with available resources, the tutors assess the individual reading challenges of the children and show their parents different techniques they can use at home to help improve reading skills.
The Village Project at Elon University operates out of the downtown campus building on East Davis Street in Burlington, N.C. The Elon Village community partners are: First Presbyterian Church, Eastlawn Elementary, Andrews Elementary, Haw River Elementary, Newlin Elementary, Graham Middle School, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Saint Marks Church and Barnes & Noble (Alamance Crossing); teachers; parents; and students.
What started eight years ago as a program for struggling young readers has evolved into a comprehensive literacy development project.
During this year's Summer in the Village, TLT provided children with the opportunity to play with green screen technology.
The two-week summer program attracted 150 students in first through 12th grades to Elon's campus as part of the It Takes a Village Project. The camp combined academic instruction with areas including music, dance, technology and art.
Many of Alamance County’s academically gifted students gathered at Elon University for continued learning.
The funding from Oak Foundation will support a growing program that benefits struggling young readers in Alamance County.
Elon’s Village Project is now operating at five local public schools with help from many student groups including athletics, Fellows and fraternities.