"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.
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.
North Carolina's public television station visited Elon University in July to report on the success of an educational program that inspires and assists young children from the local community with learning to read.
A July 24 closing ceremony marked the completion of the two-week camp that allowed 75 students to spend time on Elon’s campus participating in academic classes and other engaging activities.
Elon services and programs in downtown Burlington, N.C., have boosted the local economy over the past three years by an estimated $8.1 million, earning an award this month from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Jean Rattigan-Rohr, associate professor and director of the Center of Access and Success, Ye He, an associate professor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Michele Meredith, from the East Queen Street Baptist Evening Institute, presented research at the Mixed Methods Research Caribbean Conference at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica March 13.