History

Maxine representing Augustine at the 2010 RPC Missions & Mercy Conference The Augustine Literacy Project® was founded in 1994 by Linda McDonough in Chapel Hill, NC, with the support of the Rector and vestry of Church of the Holy Family. Augustine Literacy Project was so successful in the Triangle area of central North Carolina that other communities have already formed sixteen replication chapters in four states using the Triangle's proven model. We are one of those chapters.

Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate was started as a replication in 2006 under the leadership of Maxine Bennett as a mercy ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest, SC.

Read Maxine's article that tells the story of how the Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate began.

Since 2006, ALP has trained over 100 tutors who have provided over 6,000 hours of specialized, individualized reading tutoring in the Upstate of South Carolina.

In December 2015 the replication incorporated as an independent non-profit organization. Augustine Literacy Project® of the Upstate received its 501(c)3 status in January 2016.

The Augustine curriculum is entirely secular.


17-22% of school-aged children have reading problems; among low-income families it is likely higher.