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News from Augustine Literacy Project of Upstate SC
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Successful Summer Training
This past summer 8 folks successfully completed training and most are already working to help students improve their reading skills. We had our summer training at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic church in West Greenville once again this year. It was wonderful to have students close by for tutor practice!
 
Currently we have 23 tutors working with 29 students in 15 locations!
Join us in welcoming our new board members:
Shayla Read and Jim Schroder.  

 
Shayla lives in Greenville with her husband and two delightful children. She taught middle school English for 12 years prior to moving to the Greenville County district office in her current position as Academic Specialist for Greenville County Schools.

Jim is the consultant in the precast concrete construction industry and President of Schroder & Associates, LLC.   As a dyslexic slow reader and “creative speller”, Jim understands these challenges first hand and has met them--gaining a college degree, military commission, and a professional career. This insight is helpful in understanding Augustine’s activities. Jim sees dyslexia as a two edged sword which, while presenting challenges in education, has given him an enhanced capability to think laterally--often seeing possibilities, options, and courses of action that perhaps others do not.
New Director- Ann Copeland!
 
 This summer we sadly said "Goodbye" to our long time director and replication founder, Maxine Bennett. Maxine has stepped out of Augustine Upstate to enjoy her retirement and use the knowledge that she has gained starting the Upstate replication to help start another branch of the Augustine project in Pickens. We surprised Maxine with a farewell party on the last day of training!
   Ann Copeland is our new director. She teaches at Camperdown Academy in Greenville and has been working on her Orton-Gillingham certification for the past couple years. She has stepped into her role as director with energy and enthusiasm. We look forward to what Augustine will continue to achieve in the upstate of South Carolina. 
We are very grateful to Bill and Laura Pelham, Alice Sobray, Jeri Dubois-King and the Dillon family (in honor of Mia) for their generous donations to the Augustine Literacy Project.
Also a huge thank you to Barnes and Noble for a generous donation of books for Augustine to use and distribute!

What wonderful provisions for the work of Augustine Literacy Project Upstate! If you would like to make a donation, please send a check written to Redeemer Presbyterian Church, with "Augustine" written on the memo line to Redeemer, 6150 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville, SC 29609.
Success Stories Like These...

Stories like these are what keep us enthusiastic about Augustine and what it accomplishes. What is also amazing about this experience is that while your student changes, at the same time you will grow and develop in ways you didn't think possible. Read on to see why you should "Tutor One Child and Change Two Lives!"
   
"As an Augustine tutor, I have had the pleasure of watching a six year old first grader learn and grow with her literacy skills this year.  With English as her second language and her home life not ideal (living in a motel), she has settled in to make progress despite these challenges. I began to work with her in November when her skills were at a Kindergarten level, and she needed to develop basic literacy skills such as rhyming and sound awareness.  Through the weeks of lessons, she has now acquired those skills and is confident with blending sounds, learning new words, and reading basic sentences. The school would like to retain her in first grade next year so that she may better meet first grade expectations and become a more competent reader and writer before advancing to second grade. I look forward to continuing tutoring her next year and watching her develop into that competent reader and writer."
Alice Sobray
Augustine Literacy Project Tutor

And from another tutor...
Hey -- one success story for you!  My student, whom I've tutored 3 years, scored at "met" [grade level expectations] on all subjects of the PASS test this past spring except for Science.  That means she scored "met" on both reading/ELA AND on writing!!!!

 
We always need volunteers! If you or someone you know would like to be part of the change in not only a child's academics, but also his life, please contact us through www. augustineproject-upstatesc.org or augustine.upstatesc @gmail. com or call Redeemer Presbyterian at 864.610.9400.
Mark Your Calendar!
Introducing ATT......
Augustine Tutor Talk!
Augustine Tutor Talk is the new name for our monthly Brunch Bunch meeting. Since it has become apparent that not all our tutors are able to meet during the school day due to their tutoring schedules, we are now offering meetings in the morning, afternoon, and evening on a monthly rotational basis.....hence the need for a new name!  The format of the meetings remain informal, supportive, and informational. Next talk is Wednesday, February 25th @ 3 pm 
 
Summer Training
If you love the work of Augustine as much as we do, recommend friends and family to take our summer training and become an Augustine tutor. We are now accepting applicants for summer training. 
 
Dates: July 27-August 7 
Location:   St Anthony of Padua, 
                    311 Gower Street
                    Greenville, SC 29611
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