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The Augustine Literacy Project® of the Upstate!
Why we do what we do at ALP!

The early years of a child's life are so very important.  Beyond crying, cooing, naps, and learning to walk as a toddler, cognitive development is taking place.  Studies show that 80% of a child's brain is develped by age three, with a key period of development occurring in their language and literacy skills.

Unfortunately, the quality of early childhood education is often a reflection of economic status.  By age 5, half of the children living in poverty are not academically or socially ready for school.  By fourth grade, 80% of low-income children read below grade level.  They are now at risk to become a statistic for later life as unemployed, underemployed, teen parent, or, worse, incarcerated.

ALP answers the call to change the life of these children, one student at a time, with trained and dedicated volunteers.  The benefit to the student is the measurable results in reading, writing and spelling.  The immeasurable result is a heart filled with joy in the true spirit of making an impact on the life of a child.
Give to ALP
The Finest Nine!
Meet our newest additions to the ALP team.  Left to right: Marci Rehg, Lane Segura, Marion Goaman,  Nancy Schlepphorst, Shayla Larsen, Director Sandi Smith, Jeanne Molloy, Joan Koppel, Eric Kocher, Melissa Brewer, Presenter Leslie Davis and Director Ann Copeland.  Seated is presenter Tracie Segura.  Presenters not shown:  Sally Stillwagon and Laurie Berry-Dorroh.

We welcome these dedicated new tutors who completed their training from June 17 through June 26.  Many thanks to our Directors, our presenters as well as all our tutor coaches who contributed to another successful training. 
Amy Watkins, Class of 2018, and student dropped by our celebration lunch for our Class of 2019 on June 26.  Each offered a testimonial as to the benefits of ALP for both students and tutors!  Nice to see you both doing so well!

Tutor Appreciation Brunch 2019
 

On May 4th, tutors gathered at the home of Board Member Denise Ruby for the annual appreciation brunch.  It was a beautiful day to sit outside and share great food and fellowship centered around our experiences from the school year with tutors, Board Members and Coaches.  Each tutor was given a new friend to take home..."Augie!"  Our little Augustine highlighter features a childlike smile to remind us how eager he is to learn and that ALP is eager to support and show our appreciation to our team!  Pictured left to right from top to bottom: Alice Sobray, Sally Stillwagon, Kelly Harrison-Maguire, Susan Cruz, Shayla Read, Bob Coffey, Jim Schroder, Leslie Davis, Lauren McCullough, Diana Miel, Mary Kraus, Catherine Clark, Tracie Segura, Denise Ruby, Ann Copeland, Sandi Smith and Joe Higgins. 

Meet Augie!
We honor the following tutors with recognition of their accomplishment.  Thank you so much for all you do for ALP.  Well done!
 
60 Hours
  • Susie Cummins
  • Royce Franklin
  • Margaret Morrone
  • Margaret Ritchie
  • Carol Simicich
  • Amy Watkins
100 Hours
  • Mary Anne Calvino
  • Deb Fletcher
  • Len McCall
  • Anne Okie
  • Sandi Smith
150 Hours
  • Jan Barker
  • Sharon Lynch
  • Debbie Markert
  • Christi Mobley
  • Andrea Murdock
  • Meg Schroder
250 Hours
  • Catherine Clark
  • Lauren McCullough
  • Judy Pearson
300 Hours
  • Diana Matson
450 Hours
  • Anne Eshelman
TD Greenville Saturday Market "Booth with a Cause!"

On May 18th, ALP enjoyed a beautiful spring-like day at the TD Greenville Saturday Market on Main Street as the designated "Booth with a Cause."

We spoke to more than 50 people who saw our banner and wanted to know more about the work we were doing in our schools and community. 

Directors Ann Copeland and Sandi Smith as well as Board Members Shayla Read and Denise Ruby hosted the booth with giveaways and, most importantly, information on how to become a tutor in our program. 

Thrivent Financial sponsored the event with t-shirts, and those who left their names as potential tutors were treated to our friend "Augie!"
Can you help us stock the library for our students?  Usborne will match our donations by 50% or $500 if we raise $1000.  All books are used in the lesson plan and gifted to the student as a reward of accomplishment when read to their tutor.  The Usborne match is making your donation go further...thanks Usborne!
Join us and bring a friend to a drop-in event:
"An Evening with Augustine"
October 10th at 6:00pm
Camperdown Academy
65 Verdae Commons Drive
Greenville, SC  29607
JANUARY 2020!
You asked for it; you got it!

 
At the end of all our summer training sessions, the one item that continues to be a topic for discussion is the schedule for yearly training.  70 hours of training for our willing, talented and committed volunteers as well as our Directors, who take time out of the vacation weeks to teach, is a challenge.  Many tutors and supporters tell us that we should try a class that is broken up over several weekends in a month that isn't summer.  They have friends and relatives who are interested, but the training schedule holds them back.

We listened.
 
Our first training class offered in a weekend format with classes on Friday evening from 5:30-8:30pm and Saturday from 8:00am-4:30pm for three (3) non-consecutive weekends will be held January 2020 on the following dates: January 10 & 11, January 24 & 25, and January 31 & February 1.

Precourse assignments will be required.
The Pleasantburg Rotary of Greenville recognizes Co-Director Ann Copeland

Congratulations to our own Ann Copeland for her nomination from The Pleasantburg Rotary for a Paul Harris Fellow Award as Person of the Year.  We are proud of our association with The Pleasantburg Rotary and, clearly, they recognize the efforts of Ann Copeland to the cause of literacy in our community.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."- John Quincy Adams
Cherrydale Elementary School, Tutor Mary Kraus and her happy student.






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