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.
Some startling statistics
- Percentage of Forsyth County children not demonstrating reading proficiency (2016-’17): 48%
- Percentage of Forsyth County students who are not college and career ready: 60%