"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 and Elon students who are majoring in education are paired together for weekly tutoring sessions at May Memorial Library in downtown Burlington. While in an environment rich with available resources, the preservice teachers 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: May Memorial Library, Burlington, N.C.; First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, N.C.; Barnes & Noble (Alamance Crossing); teachers; parents; and students.
Students, educators and “It Takes a Village” Project stakeholders from three universities meet to discuss ways to improve literacy for struggling readers.
A childhood literacy initiative at Elon University will add a summer reading camp to its list of programs for boys and girls in the local community who encounter trouble learning to read.
The associate professor of education received the 2013 Periclean Award for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility for her work to improve the literacy skills of children struggling with reading.
A new office and gathering space across the street from May Memorial Library will help the university continue building community programs.
Local children who receive help learning to read from Elon University students were part of a Sunday musical performance in Whitley Auditorium.