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 The Augustine Literacy Project® of the Upstate!

Welcoming 2018!
We begin our third year as a 501(c)3
with much to be thankful for!

As we prepare ourselves for 2018,
we must reflect on 2017 as a very good year for ALP. 
  • In May, we were featured in the Greenville Journal news publication with an encouraging article that helped us fill two summer training classes with quality volunteers. 
  • We received financial support in the form of a tuition aid grant from Dabo Swinney's All In Foundation.
  • By summer's end, we trained and equipped 18 new tutors.
  • We focused on ALP marketing, both revamping and updating  our website and creating customer-focused ALP pamphlets for  tutors, donors and schools.
  • In September, Usborne Books successfully helped us raise $1925 for new books. Usborne then contributed an additional $800 in matching funds to assist our tutors and gift our students with readable books.   
  • We added three new schools to our service area: one in Greenville County, one in Oconee County and one in Anderson County.
  • We received two Action Team grants from Thrivent Financial Services to pay for teaching supplies and food for one of our summer training classes.  Thrivent also bought $250 worth of "Read, Yes I Can" books to kick off the 2017-2018 school year.
  • The Board of Directors embarked on a successful financial appeal in September to raise funds for a growing budget in 2018.
  • Tutors, volunteers, coaches and Board Members were celebrated and appreciated in December with a Holiday Brunch gathering highlighted by special guest, Pat Riordan, who was honored for her service to ALP as a retiring Board member.
  • In December, ScanSource awarded ALP a substantial grant for operational services and training materials for the new year.
"A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness!"
- James E. Faust - 
Give to ALP
ScanSource is a global provider of technology products and solutions.  For nearly 25 years, they have been on a mission to provide employees with an opportunity to donate their time, money and resources to improve the community where they live and work - with a focus on children, education, and community wellness.  Founded in 1992, the company is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina and was named one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in South Carolina.

We are so fortunate to have a company in the Upstate with a culture of giving back.  In the summer of 2017, ALP submitted a grant application to the Charitable Foundation and was given the good news just before Christmas of its award of $10,920!

This is a gift to our students on the waiting list as we will be able to train a new class of ALP tutors in the summer of 2018.  Training materials have been ordered due to this grant, and ALP is grateful for this new partner!

Thank you ScanSource!
Fundraising News

In September 2017, the Board of Directors embarked on an appeal to raise funds for the 2018 budget.  Over 100 letters were sent to family and friends of ALP, and the response from the Board and those receiving the letter was rewarding. 

$8,760 has been raised since the letters went out bringing our total non-grant donations for the year to $11,358.31! 

With no paid staff, these tax-deductible gifts fund our marketing and training program to find, train, equip, place, support and celebrate the work of our fantastic volunteers who possess that special quality...the desire to make a difference in the life of a child.
Holiday Brunch Celebration!

Board Member and ALP Tutor Susan Cruz opened her home to the annual Holiday gathering for ALP tutors, volunteers, coaches and other Board Members to take time out and remember the season in fellowship.  The event was well attended, the food was delicious, the stories exchanged were inspirational, and the mission was strengthened by our community.
Kelly Harrison-Maquire 

to the
ALP Board of Directors!

Kelly joined the Augustine board in 2017 and trained as an Orton-Gillingham tutor in 2010. She has a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, M.Ed. in Special Education, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Kelly is a professor of education at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC where she coordinates the Ed.S. program in Literacy and the M.Ed. in Advanced Studies with a literacy concentration. Kelly is the mother of two teenagers — Harrison and Maggie. They live in Roebuck, SC.
ALP Honors
Pat Riordan

Special guest, retiring Board member Pat Riordan, was honored at the December 2nd Holiday gathering for her outstanding contribution over 6 years on the ALP Board of Directors. 

Pat has been all things to ALP over the years as a tutor of multiple students, Secretary, Chairman, fund raiser, Director's aid, trainer, coach and inspiration.  Pat was instrumental in taking ALP from a mercy mission of Redeemer Presbyterian Church to the non-profit
501(c)3 organization we are today.

Pat and her husband John moved to Florida to enjoy warm weather, golf, sailing and a much deserved retirement.  Pat was gifted a special p q b d necklace, which is symbolic of dyslexia, as a remembrance of the children she has helped and the achievement of her service. 

Many thanks, Pat...we will miss your smile!
Tutor, Jane Smith and Stephanie
Tutor, LeAnn Duncan and Hunter
ALP Volunteer Qualities
Top 10 List
  1. Desire
  2. Energy
  3. Flexibility
  4. Imagination
  5. Creativity
  6. Reliability 
  7. Selflessness
  8. Passion
  9. Team Player
  10. Commitment
Happy, Happy New Year!
We wish you all the best,
Aspire to reach your
fondest goals,
And when you're done...sweet rest.
We hope for your fulfillment,
Contentment, peace and more,
A brighter, better new year than
You've ever had before.

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