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Welcome to "It Takes a Village" Project

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.


Village Project and Harvest Table find new recipe for teaching math skills

A partnership between Elon University’s It Takes a Village Project and the Harvest Table Culinary Group has included an innovative approach that incorporates cooking into helping students understand mathematical concepts.

Elon faculty voices highlighted

Cindy Fair, Tony Crider, Haya Ajjan and Jean Rattigan-Rohr shared their innovative scholarship, insights into teaching and approaches to community engagement at Elon Talks: Faculty Voices.

Summer in the Village program offers 'lemonade lessons' to local students 

From July 9-20, Elon is hosting 176 Alamance-Burlington School System students at Summer in the Village, a summer academic preparedness and enrichment program of Elon's It Takes a Village Project. 

‘It Takes a Village’ project connects Elon student-athletes with local children

Among those volunteering with the Village project this semester — members of Elon's men's and women's basketball teams. 

Times-News features Elon's Village Project as it approaches 10th anniversary

Elon University's "It Takes a Village" Project began in 2008 with Elon education students providing after-school reading assistance to 16 third-graders. 

Kara Cowdrick '10 brings summer reading to children in Duluth, Georgia

What began as a personal bookmobile project is now receiving rave reviews for its impact on the education of young readers during summer vacation.