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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.


‘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.

Buy the book: It Takes a Village project takes students shopping

The initiative is part of Elon's Center for Access and Success and pairs tutors with students in all levels of elementary and secondary school to help them succeed in school. 

Tournées French Film Festival at Elon concludes

On Sunday, March 5, Elon hosted students, faculty and staff from Elon and the community for the closing of the Tournées French Film Festival: Join the Résistance!

The Village approach

What started eight years ago as a program for struggling young readers has evolved into a comprehensive literacy development project.