“Music in the Village” Concert
Children tutored in the “It Takes A Village” Project participated along with their parents in a campus concert on April 28, 2013, to celebrate their achievements. Elementary school students from Alamance County sang in Whitley Auditorium alongside parents and Elon University student musicians. Spring 2013 was the first time music was introduced into the initiative. Children spent one evening a week since February working with Assistant Professor Gerald Knight on music comprehension and one evening reading with their tutors.
Children, their parents, and Elon University students and faculty performed in Whitley Auditorium on April 28, 2013, for the "Music in the Village" concert.
Associate Professor Jean Rattigan-Rohr, left, greeted guests to the concert. Assistant Professor Rebeca Olmedo served as a translator.
Assistant Professor Gerald Knight directed the April 28 concert. He had worked with children and their parents once a week since February to develop musical acumen among the youth and families.
Selections performed included "We Are Many and Yet We Are One" and "Stand Together."
The Elon University World Percussion Ensemble performed pieces, as did several students and professors from the Department of Music.
Sixty children took part in the “It Takes a Village” Project for young readers summer camp in July 2014. The two-week camp helped youngsters hone their reading and writing skills through various activities. The camp concluded on July 18 with song, dance and art.
Students in the Village Project Summer Camp perform an African harvest dance as part of the camp's closing ceremony on July 18, 2014.
Students in the Village Project Summer Camp read "The New Vestments" by British poet Edward Lear.
Art adorned the walls of Lindner Hall lobby and children took turns reading poetry, sharing excerpts from journals, demonstrating a West African harvest dance and performing on African drums. Organizers created the two-week camp specifically to counter the loss of learning that millions of children experience each summer when away from school for extended periods.
Elon University president Leo M. Lambert thanks the students, families and teachers for participating in the Village Project Summer Camp.