News from Augustine Literacy Project of Upstate SC
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Successful Summer Training
 This past summer ten new tutors from three upstate counties were added to the ALP Upstate SC family. St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and School in West Greenville once again graciously hosted our training. Experienced ALP tutors gave of their time and talents to mentor trainees and present various topics throughout the two weeks of training. All of the new tutors are already serving needy students!

Welcome to the Board!
Denise Ruby and Mat Hultquist 

Denise was elected to the Board in the summer of 2015 and trained as a tutor in July of the same year. Her professional background is in telecommunications working as a technical specialist and facilitator of training programs for AT&T and other client companies. As a working mother of two, she taught Sunday School, and was a leader in Girl Scouts for nine years and Cub Scouts for two years. Semi-retired, she is inspired by the program, results and leaders of the Augustine Project and motivated to make a difference, one child at a time.

Mat Hultquist joined the board in July 2015. He is the founder and CEO of The Hultquist Firm, a CPA firm specializing in accounting, tax, IT and wealth management services. Mat brings years of financial, business and management experience to the board. With four kids of his own, Mat understands the challenges of raising children and the need for vital resources that Augustine provides.

Thank You for Serving
Becky Lauder 

Becky faithfully served ALP as a member of the board since January 2014. Her experience as an Instructional Coach was a gift as we considered how to best place tutors and students for the greatest impact in the community. Thanks, Becky!
We are very grateful to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Mike & Denise Salopek, John & Pat Spears, Peter & Kathy Hens, Steve & Tammie Francis, John & Pat Riordan, Wayne & Ann Copeland, Jim & Meg Schroder, Lisa Benson, Denise & Scott Ruby, and John & Lisa Carenen for their generous support of Augustine Literacy Project Upstate. Thank you also to those of you who supported ALP by purchasing an Attractions coupon book for the benefit of Augustine Literacy Project.  

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.
I would like to thank publicly the folks on the training planning committee: Pat Riordan, Tracie Segura, Darlene Hughey, Alice Sobray, and Laurie Berry-Dorroh. They gave selflessly of their time — sharing talents, wisdom, and experience — to help me lead training for the first time. Their efforts resulted in ten well-equipped tutors!
Thank you,

Did you Hear?

Tutors see their students making progress week by week, and that success is certainly rewarding. Feedback from teachers and parents is also a great encouragement. 
"I cannot tell you how much this (tutoring my son) has meant to me -- not to mention the fact that M is actually WANTING to read now!"

"I (prior year's teacher) saw S outside of (school) reading with her tutor yesterday. WOW! She read to me for a minute. So much improvement there..."

"Tutor One Child and Change Two Lives!"
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. or augustine.upstatesc @gmail. com or call Redeemer Presbyterian at 864.610.9400.

Augustine Tutor Talk!
Augustine Tutor Talk meetings are informal, supportive, and informational gatherings held in the morning, afternoon, and evening on a monthly rotational basis. Please check our website for the latest schedule!
Making a Difference...

During the 2014-2015 school year ALP had 22 tutors serving 28 students at 15 different sites including the following schools: Bells Crossing, Blythe, Brook Glenn, GREEN, Monarch, Sara Collins, St. Anthony of Padua, Stone, Summit, Daniel (Pickens County), Gettys (Pickens County), and Arcadia (Spartanburg County). Volunteers delivered a total of 821 lessons.
  • 70% of students improved in phonological awareness; 25% by two grade levels.
  • Word Attack skills improved an average of 1.1 grade levels.
  • Reading comprehension increased by an average of 26%.
  • Sight word recognition improved by 19%.
Note that 2014-2015 results are based on post-test results from 16 of 28 students. Students must have completed at least six months of lessons (approximately 30 lessons) to be included in post-testing.

This fall we are excited to begin serving at Alexander and Cherrydale Elementary schools in Greenville, North Pointe Elementary in Anderson, and Chastain Elementary in Pickens.
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