Michael M. Dogal, Seth D. Holdmeyer, Alyssa Pool, Emily C. Spirk, Chelsea M. Wisniewski


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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 the Dayton Early College Academy (DECA). DECA is an alternative college prep school for students run by the University of Dayton. This school offers students a better opportunity to excel academically so that they are able to achieve their goal of graduating from high school and attending a college of their choice. We each worked with our students on various assignments, such as drafting and revising English papers, practicing vocabulary, developing fundamental math skills, and improving their literacy skills through reading. Not only were we helping the students, but we also learned patience, the importance of education, as well as the responsibility to assist other members of society. Through our work we were able to apply the Marianist values of learning, leading, and serving into our daily lives.

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Matthew D. Archer

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Stander Symposium project

Research exercise: Developing Each Child Academically: Applying Marianist Ideals