New Tutor Training Class - January 2019

Our Mission

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 a Structured Literacy 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
  • phonics
  • vocabulary
  • fluency
  • comprehension

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

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.

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.

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 2018-19 school year


Your donation supports READWS, home of the Winston-Salem Augustine Literacy Project®, Reading Party, and more. When you give, remember that the gift of literacy is something that can never be lost, stolen, or taken away. Thank you for supporting READWS on our amazing journey.

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