"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.
Sixty children taking part in the "It Takes a Village" Project for young readers shared stories and displayed artwork on July 18, 2014, to parents and civic leaders who visited campus to celebrate the end of a summer program.
Sixty children taking part in a university program that helps struggling readers will spend the next two weeks on campus with activities aimed at strengthening their writing and creative expression.
A literacy program created by Associate Professor Jean Rattigan-Rohr received $2,500 to help purchase new books for young children tutored by Elon University education majors.
The National Association for Music Education recognized its Elon University members for their contributions to the "It Takes a Village" Project reading program.
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.