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As members of the Building Community through Social Justice Learning and Living Cohort (BCSJLLC) we are committed to improving literacy rates in the Miami Valley. We pursued this ideal in the fall by donating new books to children in the fourth, fifth, and special education classes at Cleveland Elementary School, a Dayton inner city school. The BCSJLLC community partner, Project READ, trained us to tutor students in grades K-8 and young adults as a part of our service learning commitment. After our training, we were placed in tutoring positions at Holy Angels Elementary School and the Dayton Early College Academy (DECA). We developed relationships with our students by helping them with their reading, vocabulary, and classroom assignment. We feel that our service learning filled a need at our volunteer sites and helped us to better understand the importance of service learning and its effects. As members of the BCSJLLC, we were able to learn and apply the Marianist ideals of lead, learn and serve for the benefit of our community.

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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: Enhancing Adolescent Development through Service Learning