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The Building Communities through Social Justice Learning and Living Cohort (BCSJLLC)is committed to the ideal of improving literacy in the Greater Miami Valley. During our first semester, our cohort participated in the first annual Book Buddy Program with Dayton's Cleveland Elementary School. We donated brand new books to students in the fourth and fifth grade and to students in special education. The BCSJLLC's community partner, the non-profit organization Project READ, trained us to tutor reading for students in grades K-8 and young adults. Then Project READ placed us in tutoring positions at Holy Angels, a private elementary school. Holy Angel's mission is to guide its students to academic excellence. Our mission was to support the classroom teachers and to assist five and six year-old students with their reading and vocabulary skills. Our tutoring time was spent going over math worksheets, alphabet flashcards, their spelling words, and reading books with students. Throughout the spring we have learned more about the Dayton community and through our service we have learned more about the importance of the Marianist ideals of lead, learn, and serve.

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This poster reflects research conducted as part of course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Research exercise: Guiding Little Angels: A Literacy Experience at Holy Angels Elementary School