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The Augustine Literacy Project® of the Upstate!
We have much to celebrate!
It has been a busy summer with focus on our most
important people in the program...
Students and tutors!

Results are in for the 2017/2018 school year and progress for our students continues to impress the Board of Directors, school administration, parents and community.
  • 35 tutors taught 47 students at 22 sites for a total of 1384 lessons
  • Phonemic Awareness increased 21%
  • Word Attack Skills increased 1.2 grade levels
  • Sight Word Recognition increased 29%
  • Spelling Skills increased 0.8 grade levels
  • Fluency and Comprehension improved 82% from frustration to instructional 
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The South Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (SCASCD) is pleased to announce the selection of the Emerging Leaders Class of 2018. The list includes seven Emerging Leaders from Greenville County Schools:

  • Shalonda Blakeney, Greenville County
  • Crystal Chappell, Greenville County
  • Dr. Angela Cox, Greenville County
  • Jenna Key, Greenville County
  • Hamilton Parks, Greenville County
  • Shayla Read, Greenville County
  • Fran Rogers, Greenville County
Congratulations to ALP Upstate Board Member Shayla Reed for this honor. ASCD is dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. 

Shayla joined the board in October 2014. She graduated from Columbia College in 2006 with a M.Ed. in Divergent Learning. In 2014, Shayla joined the Division of Academics within Greenville County Schools as the Title I Secondary ELA Academic Specialist. In 2018, she assumed the role of supporting all secondary English teachers. Her position includes leading professional learning opportunities, analyzing student and teacher data, facilitating student-centered coaching, and building the instructional capacity of secondary English teachers. 
Way to go Shayla!
In an article written in The Post and Courier from Columbia dated September 8, 2018.  The headline reads:
"South Carolina spent $214 million on child literacy. It didn’t work."

After four years and $214 million of state spending, South Carolina’s Read to Succeed Act has made no measurable improvement in South Carolina children’s reading skills.

The state’s fourth-graders slid from 39th from 47th in the nation on the reading portion of the NAEP, known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” between 2015 and 2017. Fewer than one-third were proficient in reading.  Fewer than half of students in grades 3 through 8 met state standards on the SC READY English Language Arts test in the spring. While the state saw a slight uptick in the percentage of third- and fourth-graders passing the test since 2016, it also saw growth in the percentage of students at every grade level earning the lowest possible score, “Does Not Meet.”

Click here to read more.

18 for '18!
Meet the Tutor Class for 2018
We are please to introduce our outstanding graduating class of tutors for 2018.  These volunteers spent 8 days in July for classroom training to join forces with our existing base to strengthen our program and reach more children in need. 

Front row, left to right: Courtney Galbreath, Diane Thompson, Amy Ray Watkins, Susan Cummins, Diana Miel, Joni Snyder.
Middle row, left to right:  Margaret Ritchie, Pat Hogue, Marquin McMath, Deana Gasque, Carol Simicich,
Back row, left to right: Joe Higgins, Mary Margaret Kraus, Kem Owens, Debbie Bishop, Judi Wojciechowski, Mandy Dixon, Fred Scharpenberg

Many thanks to our instructional team Ann Copeland, Tracie Segura, Laurie Berry-Dorroh, Sandi Smith, Sally Stillwagon, Leslie Davis, Denise Ruby and all our tutor coaches for their efforts to make this another successful summer training session!
It's time once again for the Usborne Books and More Book Drive for ALP.  Thanks to Usborne and a Thrivent Financial Action Team, we will launch a book drive where funds raised will be matched by 50% to purchase books that our students can decode, read from beginning to end and receive as a gift of accomplishment to take home and build their own library. 

Last year we were able to raise $1325 to buy books!  Watch for emails to support this effort generously as we have more kids in the program to gift!
ALP loves our tutors!

On May 5th tutors, volunteers and Board Members gathered at the home of Scott and Denise Ruby for a special tutor appreciation brunch.  The weather, food and company made for a great event to celebrate another successful school year completed.  Thank you volunteers - your time and commitment can not be measured in the change you are making in the life of a child!

Special recognition to the following tutors!

400 hours

  • Anne Eshelman

300 hours

  • Pat Riordan

250 hours

  • Catherine Clark
  • Darlene Hughey

200 hours

  • Ann Copeland
  • Judy Pearson
  • Alice Sobray
  • Sally Stillwagon

150 Hours

  • Susan Cruz
  • Dawnena Darnall
  • Diana Matson
  • Jane Smith

100 Hours

  • Jan Barker
  • Laurie Berry-Dorroh
  • Lauren McCullough
  • Andrea Murdock
  • Meg Schroder
  • Giselle Weekes


Don't Miss this Opportunity!
A special workshop is coming to the Upstate!

The Poverty Factor
October 13, 2018
Saturday 9a - 2p
Lunch Included
Cost = $20 per person

Hosted by Messiah Lutheran Church and presented by Re-Source Solutions will be held at the church Family Activity Center.  1100 Log Shoals Rd 
Mauldin, SC

This interactive workshop explores the life of generational poverty.  ALP will be using this workshop as a continuing educational opportunity for our tutors in the month of October.  You are invited to attend as well!  Click here to register or visit and click on Poverty Factor.
Tutor Jan Barker and student!

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