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As members of the Building Communities through Social Justice Learning and Living Cohort (BCSJLC), we are committed to the ideal of improving literacy in the surrounding Miami Valley community. In November of 2011 our cohort participated in the Cleveland Elementary School Book Buddy Program where we donated books to students in grades four and five and also special education. We were trained by Project READ to tutor students in grades K-8 and also young adults. Then we were assigned students in the Dayton Early College Academy and the Dayton Public Schools. The Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) is a college preparatory school for inner city high school students. Through tutoring in various subjects and interacting with the students one-on-one we learned the true importance of education, literacy, and the value in helping others succeed. When we tutored our students we worked to develop relationships where we could discuss how educational success may be difficult at times but how hard work had paid off for us. Our overall goal is to empower students to become better readers and better thinkers by means of social justice. Through our work and watching the students achieve small successes and understanding, our experience epitomized the Marianist ideals of learn, lead, and serve. The experience of working one-on-one with selected students, granted us friendships and inspiration by the youth of Dayton.

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