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The mission of the Augustine Literacy Project® is to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. The project trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide free, long term, 1-to-1 instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach and Wilson Reading System® materials.
Orton-Gillingham is a structured, multisensory, phonetic teaching approach that has been proven to work with those who have language related learning difficulties. Augustine tutors use Wilson® materials and lessons include the five essential components of research-based reading instruction as defined by the National Reading Panel: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.
Who We Serve
We serve children in the Upstate area who are reading, writing and spelling below grade level. These children
- qualify for free or reduced price lunch
- are below grade level performance in reading, writing or spelling.
Because reading, writing and spelling difficulties can result in poor school performance and low self-esteem, families who are financially able send their children with language related learning differences to special schools or hire private tutors. The Augustine Literacy Project® is committed to providing caring, professionally trained tutors for those whose families cannot afford to pay. The combination of nurture and knowledge that an Augustine tutor offers can mean the difference between prison and productivity for an at-risk student.
What We Do
We provide 2-3 free 45-minute lessons weekly to qualifying students. The lessons are structured and multisensory. This allows the child to
- see (it)
- hear (it)
- touch (it)
- say (it)
- read (it)
Every Augustine lesson includes the five essential components of research-based reading instruction as defined by the National Reading Panel:
- phonemic awareness