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Usborne Book Drive

THANK YOU to all who supported the Usborne Books & More book drive for Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate! Your generosity will provide ALP with more than 400 books to give students during the school year to help build their personal libraries.

Mark Your Calendar!

Tutor Talk — October 5

Board Meeting — October 20

Important school calendar dates

Our Mission

The mission of the Augustine Literacy Project® (ALP) is to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. The project trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide free, long term, one-to-one instruction. ALP methodology is derived from the research-based Orton-Gillingham approach and uses materials developed by Wilson Language Training Corporation and ALP.

Orton-Gillingham is a structured, multisensory, phonetic teaching approach that has been proven to work with those who have language related learning difficulties. Augustine tutors use Wilson® materials and lessons include the five essential components of research-based reading instruction as defined by the National Reading Panel: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.

Watch an interview with Debbie McCarthy, Augustine Literacy Project® Replications Director.

Who We Serve

We serve children in the Upstate area who are reading, writing and spelling below grade level. These children

Because reading, writing and spelling difficulties can result in poor school performance and low self-esteem, families who are financially able send their children with language related learning differences to special schools or hire private tutors. The Augustine Literacy Project® is committed to providing caring, professionally trained tutors for those whose families cannot afford to pay. The combination of nurture and knowledge that an Augustine tutor offers can mean the difference between prison and productivity for an at-risk student.

If children do not have reading fluency by the end of the third grade, it's going to cost 7-8 times as much in time and money to address their reading problems and get them up to grade level in reading.
  — James Wendorf, Executive Director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities

What We Do

We provide 2-3 free 45-minute lessons weekly to qualifying students. The lessons are structured and multisensory. This allows the child to

Every Augustine lesson includes the five essential components of research-based reading instruction as defined by the National Reading Panel:

You can help change a child's life! Please consider a tax-deductible donation to Augustine Literacy Project® of the Upstate.