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The Augustine Literacy Project® of the Upstate!

Results are in for 2015-2016!
Thanks to all the tutors, coaches, board members and
our supporters in schools and the community for a job well done!
Phonological Awareness:
Phoneme recognition went up 13%
Phoneme manipulation improved 1.1 grade levels
Word Attack:
Decoding skills improved 1.3 grade levels
Up 0.8 grade levels
Sight Word Recognition:
Increased 33%
Reading Fluency & Comprehension:
90% of the students increased from frustration level to instructional level
as assessed by using Roe and Burns Informal Reading Inventory    
Tutor Training 2016
New tutors on the way! 
This summer's training session will be held July 21-28 (Thursday, Friday and Monday-Thursday) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Merovan Office Park on Woodruff Road.  Current tutors are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions should you want a refresher.  In those six days we will cover all of the classroom requirements of tutor training.  The classroom portion of the training is followed by a six lesson practicum (2 lessons per week for 3 weeks) working with your Augustine student alongside an experienced mentor tutor.  Space is still available. Contact Ann Copeland, Director for more information at 864.680.1533. 

Our next training opportunity will be September 22-29.

Pat Riordan - 300 hours
Catherine Clark - 200 hours
Alice Sobray - 200 hours
Ann Copeland - 200 hours
Dawnena Darnall - 100 hours
Jeri King - 100 hours
Alison Fletcher -100 hours
Sally Stillwagon - 100 hours
Darlene Hughey - 100 hours

We Appreciate You!
ALP Upstate Board President Pat Riordan hosted an appreciation dinner for all tutors serving the 2015-2016 school year on May 13, 2016 at her home in Heritage Lakes.  Each attending tutor was given a monogram stitched canvas tote bag with the ALP logo to carry their tutor materials for the 2016-2017 school year.

Thank you to all 26 tutors who helped 36 students make significant strides in reading.  As a result, 935 lessons were delivered.
US Dept of Labor estimates literacy problems cost US businesses about $225 billion a year in lost productivity.

5 billion a year in taxes goes to support people receiving public assistance that are unemployable due to illiteracy.

Since the birth of ALP of the Upstate as a 501(c)3, Board Members Mary Ann Inglis and Denise Ruby along with Coach and Tutor Alice Sobray have formed a committee to explore qualified grants to support the efforts and expenses of the Project.  Armed with the motivation to "Make Things Happen!" no less than 5 grants will be submitted for consideration to fund training costs, scholarships, operating expenses, advertising and fund raising for 2017.  These efforts are vital to the growth of ALP and its ability to reach more students.  A special thank you goes out to Alice Sobray for her expertise in writing grants and setting us off on the right path.
By age 4, low-income children have heard on average 32 million fewer words than their peers.

The Greenville Journal
May 27, 2016
Opinion: View from the Community
Alice Sobray wrote an article
"Are you looking for the perfect volunteer opportunity?"
The answer! Become a Tutor for ALP!
Search "Augustine".
Worth the read.
You can change the life of child by making an charitable donation to the ALP Project which will be used to defray training costs for volunteers who wish to become tutors.  Please send your tax deductible donation to:

Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate
2435 East North Street, Suite 1108-266
Greenville, SC 29615

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