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Learn more about Augustine Project® tutoring.

Thursday, April 7 at Polo Park Recreation Center, 1850 Polo Road; Tuesday, April 26 at William G. White, Jr. YMCA, 775 West End Blvd; Tuesday, May 17 at Carl Russell Recreation Center, 3521 Carver School Road. All events are from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
RSVP required: (336) 723-4391 ext 1506 or

Be the Spark! Ignite a Reader!


Honor the people who taught you to read by tutoring a struggling reader this year. Learn more about becoming an Augustine Literacy Project® Tutor.

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Orton Gillingham Training for WSFCS Educators


READWS will host its second Orton-Gillingham Classroom EducatorTraining July 25-29, 2016. Orton Fellow Ron Yoshimoto will lead this training.  For more information…


Check out this article from Kim Underwood from the WSFC school system from last year's training!!

Our Programs

Augustine Project ®

The Augustine Literacy Project® Program trains volunteer tutors who work with low-income students who struggle with reading, writing and spelling. Using Orton-Gillingham based teaching methods, our tutors are changing lives by increasing literacy skills. Find out more about the Augustine Literacy Project® program.

Literate Girls

The Literate Girls program helps identify and educate girls who struggle with reading, writing and spelling.  Did you know reading problems in girls often go overlooked? This program focuses on girls and the literacy skills they need to succeed.  Learn more about the Literate Girls progam..

Educator Training and Support

READWS offers free Orton-Gillingham based training opportunities, resources and support for educators in the Winston–Salem area. We have over 14 years partnering with our local schools to serve economically disadvantaged students who struggle with reading.  Find out how we might help you and your school.

Parent Education and Information

Parents – are you concerned about your child’s reading skills?  Do you think there may be a problem?  Early intervention is key! Learn more about our programs and resources that can help your child improve his or her literacy skills.

Number of volunteer tutors

Number of schools and after-school locations we serve

Years we've been working to help children improve their literacy skills in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area

Volunteer tutor hours for 2014-15 school year

Latest Video

M023-IMG_0878arch 14 & 15 – Lunch Bunch, 12:30p.m. Colhoun B
March 21 – Augustine Executive Board Meeting, 4p.m., 2nd floor conference room
March 21 – Augustine Board Meeting, 5p.m., 2nd floor conference room
April 11 & 12 – lunch bunch, 12:30p.m. Colhoun B
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September 19 – 23, 2016 8:30 – 2:30 or
October 13 – 17, 2016 Evening & Weekend

For the evening/weekend training, the specific times will be:

Thursday, Oct 13 – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 15 – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 16 – 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct 17 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (screenings at schools with students)



1. Problems with phonemic awareness Eighty percent of early reading problems are due to poor phonological awareness. Students may also have problems hearing the differences between sounds, not understanding that letters make specific sounds, etc.
2. Poor word recognition Slow to learn words seen frequently, forgetting words seen many times, difficulty learning sight words (this is a very common problem).
3. Weakness sounding out words Can’t easily learn and apply decoding skills. Tries to guess at words or use context clues. Weak at sounding out words with 2, 3 and 4 syllables (by 3rd or 4th grade).
4. Poor spelling, both on tests and in written compositions Frequent misspellings, guesses.
5. Slow, halting reading (poor fluency) Must reread to understand.
6. Weak reading comprehension Can’t recognize words in a passage or sound out important words; so slow and halting, she can’t recall what’s been read. Has trouble finishing tests.
7. Excessive time spent on homework Parents may report trouble with assignments.
8. Self-esteem issues Sees himself or herself as “stupid”; is “down” about school, cries easily, avoids reading, appears not to care, easily frustrated when reading.
READWS will sponsor its second Orton Gillingham training for WSFCS educators led by national reading expert Ron Yoshimoto.Both school and educator selection will be made by a WSFCS administrative team. For more information email Learn more about Ron Yoshimoto.


Your donations will go to support READWS, home of the Winston-Salem Augustine Literacy Project ® and more. When you give, remember that the gift of literacy is something that can never be lost, stolen, or taken away. It is not disposable. Thank you for supporting READWS on our amazing journey.

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