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The Building Communities through Social Justice Learning and Living Cohort (BCSJLLC) strives to help students understand the importance of social justice and its impact on communities while providing students with opportunities to grow as leaders. The cohort integrates classroom education with service learning opportunities. This fall we participated in the first annual Book Buddy Program with the Cleveland Elementary School. Each member of the LLC donated a new book for a student in grades 4,5, and special education. All BSCJLLC members were trained by its community partner Project READ to tutor students in K-8 and young adults. Project READ then placed us in tutoring positions at Holy Angels, an elementary school. Holy Angels is a Catholic elementary school whose mission is to improve the faith of their students while also excelling in educational development. We worked one-on-one or with a small group of students in grade kindergarten through third grade with math facts, recognizing and writing the alphabet, flash cards, Dolch words, vocabulary/spelling words, writing complete sentences, and learning how to use money. The students of Holy Angels helped us to improve our communication skills and widen our thought process by giving us the opportunity to apply the Marianist ideals of lead, learn, and serve.

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Stander Symposium poster


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

Research exercise: Project READ and Reading with Angels