The mission of the Augustine Literacy Project 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, 1-to-1 instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach and Wilson Reading System® materials.
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.
Upstate South Carolina Replication
The Augustine Literacy Project in Upstate SC was started in 2006 under the leadership of Maxine Bennett as a replication of The Augustine Project of North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children and at-risk teens who struggle with literacy skills.
“ I like this kind of learning. ”
— middle school student with an Augustine tutor
Staggering statistics show that poor literacy impacts society on several levels. You can help change a child's life and your own by investing in The Augustine Literacy Project Upstate through donation or learning to tutor. Donations help pay for materials and provide some scholarship funds for tutor training.
Tutoring gives the personal opportunity for you to have one-to-one interaction with a child who may otherwise be left hopelessly lacking in basic skills that lead to a successful life. We are happy to answer any questions about Augustine — simply contact us via e-mail or phone.
“ He knows he can learn to read now. ”
— Betty Johnson, tutoring an 8th grader.
Upstate South Carolina Board
Maxine Bennett, Director
Patricia Riordan, Chairman
Ann Copeland, Vice-Chairman
Mary Anne Inglis, Secretary
Terri Koontz, Treasurer