The Augustine Literacy Project ®
Augustine Project ®
The Augustine Literacy Project® provides free, one-to-one tutoring for students who struggle with literacy skills. Find out more about our program.
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Become an Augustine Project ® Tutor
Augustine Literacy Project® is actively seeking smart, energetic volunteer tutors to tutor children. Download new class dates and registration.
Our mission is to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. The Augustine Literacy Project®/Winston-Salem trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide free, long term, 1-to-1 instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach and Wilson Reading System® materials. Our tutors work with students in the Winston-Salem area. Augustine lessons use Wilson® materials and include the five essential components of research-based reading instruction as defined by the National Reading Panel:
- phonemic awareness
Who We Serve
We serve low-income children and teens who are reading, writing and spelling below grade level in the Winston-Salem area. The students we teach are recommended by parents, teachers, guidance counselors and other staff members in the public school system.
History of the Project
The Augustine Literacy Project ® was founded in 1994 by Holy Family Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2001, three women — Becky Clingman, Susan Uphoff and Trudy Winstead — replicated the project in Winston-Salem with the help of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Locally, our program has grown from five tutors and students at South Fork Elementary to over 130 tutor-student pairs in over 25 schools and after-school locations. Well over 250 students have been served in the Winston-Salem area since our program began.
Our Augustine Literacy Project ®—now operating as part of ReadWS in Winston-Salem—continues as an important outreach mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. In addition, many other individuals, foundations, schools, faith-based communities and civic groups join with St. Paul’s as tutors, donors, supporters and advocates.
How can you help the Augustine Project?
Become a tutor
No experience is necessary.
Spread the word
- Refer a friend who might want tutor training
- Call to request a ReadWS speaker to talk about the Augustine Literacy Project ®. Our phone number: (336) 723-4391 x1504.
The more resources we have, the more children we can serve.
- $50 buys lending library materials.
- $250 buys a tutor kit.
- $600 provides a full scholarship for a tutor trainee.
To donate, please fill out a donor card and send your check to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church:
520 Summit Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Make your check payable to “St. Paul’s Episcopal Church” with “ReadWS” on the memo line.
Some startling statistics
- Percentage of Forsyth County 3rd graders not demonstrating reading proficiency (2013-’14): 41.7%
- Percentage of Forsyth County 3rd graders in high poverty school not demonstrating reading proficiency: 70%