Our Board of Directors

Pam Bowton, Chair
Nancy Keshian, Vice-Chair
Carson Howard, Secretary
Stewart Holmes, Treasurer
Lauren Wierman, Asst. Treasurer

Becky Clingman (founder)
Carol Danforth
Kaye Donahue
John Fisher
Lynn Flowers
Chiquita Guglielmi
Steve Harberger
Liz Kelly
Amy Lawrence
Bonnie Poindexter
Dr. Corliss Thompson-Drew
Susan Uphoff (founder)
Joy Van Zandt
Linda Winikoff
Trudy Winstead (founder)
Dr. Sharita Womack
Robin Woodard

Henri Brown, Director, Ex-Officio
Sally Dudley, Saint Paul’s Outreach Director

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. The Augustine Project/Winston-Salem trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide free, long term, 1-to-1 instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach and Wilson Reading System® materials.  Our tutors work with students in the Winston-Salem area. Augustine lessons use Wilson® materials and include the five essential components of research-based reading instruction as defined by the National Reading Panel: -phonemic awareness -phonics -vocabulary -fluency -comprehension

Who We Serve

We serve low-income children and teens who are reading, writing and spelling below grade level in the Winston-Salem area.  The students we teach are recommended by parents, teachers, guidance counselors and other staff members in the public school system.

History of the Project

The Augustine Project was founded in 1994 by Holy Family Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  In 2001, three women — Becky Clingman, Susan Uphoff and Trudy Winstead — replicated the project in Winston-Salem with the help of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The Augustine Project/Winston-Salem continues as an important outreach mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. In addition, many other individuals, schools, churches and other civic groups have joined St. Paul’s as tutors, donors, supporters and advocates. The program has grown from 5 tutors and students to approximately 85 tutor-student pairs in 2013.  Well over 150 students have now been served in the Winston-Salem area since The Augustine Project/Winston-Salem began.

How can you help the Augustine Project?

Become a tutor.
No experience is necessary.
Spread the word
Refer a friend who might want tutor training; call to request an Augustine speaker.
The more resources we have, the more tutors we can train.

  • $50 buys lending library materials. •$250 buys a tutor kit.
  • $600 provides a full scholarship for a tutor trainee.

If you’d like to make a donation, please make your check payable to “St. Paul’s Episcopal Church” with “Augustine” on the memo line. Refer a friend who might want tutor training; call to request an Augustine speaker.

Some startling statistics

  • Percent of school-aged children who have reading problems? 17-22% 17-22%
  • Percent of students with reading problems in low income schools 80% 80%

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