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 The Augustine Literacy Project® of the Upstate!

Spring is the time of the year that we thank our dedicated tutors, giving volunteers, valued supporters and engage others to join us!
ALP is privileged to have 37 tutors serving 46 students in the 2017-2018 school year.  Our tutors instruct in the ALP approach by developing creative lesson plans, execute their lesson with enthusiasm, and connect to each student - instilling trust, equipping them with a set of decoding skills for independent reading, and encouraging a sense of self worth and confidence.

ALP volunteers who may not tutor are invaluable to us as tutor instructors, training planners, tutor coaches, and program support staff.  They help us grow our program to reach more students in need.
ALP has a volunteer Executive Director and Board of Directors who are working diligently to promote the program in the Upstate community, providing leadership and technical expertise, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, and raising financial support. 

What do all these selfless volunteers have in common? 
It is the feeling of making a difference.  Our volunteers work hard for something outside themselves, sacrificing for others and leading the way by setting the example and standing out.
It is the spirit of the volunteer, and we at ALP are sincerely grateful!  
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Tutors Needed
Summer 2018 Training Class!

Can you think of someone who would be interested in becoming an Augustine Tutor? 

Many of our tutors start the process of becoming a tutor through a simple invitation from a supporter within our organization.  The summer class is forming now, and we invite you to invite others to get to know us and see if becoming a tutor is just the volunteer opportunity that they may be looking for.

The training class is an eight-day format and will be held July 9 through July 18, 2018 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

For more information, see the website to submit an inquiry form or contact us for a brief conversation of interest.
Annual Meeting of Replication Directors

On March 23, 2018, Chapter Directors and representatives from the 15 replications of the The Augustine Literacy Project met in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to discuss an agenda full of present day challenges and plans for the future of the Project.  Director Ann Copeland and Vice Chairman Denise Ruby attended and participated in discussions on an array of subjects including:
  • Background checks for volunteers
  • Recruitment and retention of volunteers
  • Assessment tools and replication agreements
  • Wilson Materials, training models and the lesson notebook
  • Grants
The group was address by Keynote speaker Bert L'Homme, former Superintendent of Durham Public Schools.
Pleasantburg Rotary

Recent meetings between members of the Pleasantburg Rotary and the Augustine Literacy Project Board have found common ground to work together in the interests of literacy and volunteerism. 

The Augustine Literacy Project supported the Rotary with their recent fundraiser in conjunction with the Greenville County School District.  "Spring Sing" was held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts where hundreds of elementary and middle school students came together as a chorus to perform under one director.

In turn, Vice Chairman Denise Ruby was invited to speak at a Rotary Club lunch meeting on Thursday, April 5, 2018.  Denise made a presentation of our outreach, requirements, commitment and, most of all, our impact and volunteer satisfaction experience with each child we help to the members of the Rotary.

We look forward to a long and lasting relationship with an organization determined, as we are, to make a difference.
Thanks to Thrivent Financial, two action team grants were awarded to resupply the tutor library for the Spring Semester.  $675 worth of new books from the "Read? Yes I Can" series and Usborne Books and More were purchased and ready for selection by the tutors for the February and March tutor talks.  Pictured: Director Ann Copeland, Tutor Sharon Lynch, Tutor Coach Mary Ann Calvino, Vice Chairman Denise Ruby and Tutor Jennifer Nockels.
A very special workshop was conducted by our own Tutor, Coach and Training Instructor, Tracie Segura, on February 10 at Camperdown Academy entitled "Phonemic Awareness: Why and How to Teach It."  This was a well attended event and served as our February Tutor Talk. 

The session was also open to the public.  Teachers, parents, tutors and concerned individuals were treated to Tracie's special talent in conducting interactive discussion on the cycle of phonemic awareness and reading, the brain's role, explicit teaching techniques, activities to master as well as the bridge to phonics and the Orton-Gillingham approach. 

A highlight to the program featured Tutor Sharon Lynch sharing her creative and original rap songs giving life and rhythm to Phonemic Awareness!
  • Over 63,000 of our neighbors do not know where one or more of their meals will come from today?
  • 76% of households receiving food assistance have children under 18 years of age in the household.
  • 34,945 (48%) of Greenville County School District students are eligible for free or reduced meals.
  • 35.6% of children receiving subsidized meals rate "below basic" on the English/Language Arts PACT test.
  • 24% of children (27,135) in Greenville County live in poverty.

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