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.

For Parents

Parents – if you are looking for a tutor for your child or your child has been assigned an Augustine tutor, click here for more information.

For Educators

If you have a student you believe would benefit from an Augustine tutor, learn more about this resource or download a referral form.

Become an Augustine Project ® Tutor

Augustine Literacy Project® is actively seeking smart, energetic volunteer tutors to tutor children. Download new class dates and registration.

For Tutors

Our “Tutor Quick Start” page has everything tutors need for their sessions. See our Tutor Tools & Games.

Additional Resources

Tutors, parents and teachers can find games, free downloadable worksheets and links to our Pinterest page on our Resource page.

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 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
  • 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

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.

Are you interested in becoming an Augustine Literacy Project ® tutor?

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
Attention:  ReadWS

Make your check payable to “St. Paul’s Episcopal Church” with “ReadWS” on the memo line.

Thank you!


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%

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