Burke Augustine Literacy Project

Our Mission: 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, one-to-one instruction based on the research-based Orton-Gillingham approach and uses materials developed by Wilson Language Training Corporation and ALP.

Our History: The Augustine Literacy Project® was founded in 1994 by Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We are a replication chapter of the Augustine Literacy Project, serving struggling readers in Burke County. We train and support volunteer tutors who provide free, one-on-one, long-term instruction in reading, writing, and spelling to low income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. The program provides each tutor with 70 hours of training (classroom and practicum) based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, using research-based reading materials from a variety of sources, including the Wilson Reading System®. The Orton-Gillingham approach is a systematic, multisensory, phonetic teaching methodology that is proven to work with learning disabled children and others with reading difficulties.

About Us: Oak Hill United Methodist Church received a grant from Duke Endowment to expand our outreach to the Oak Hill community. Part of this outreach includes starting a replication chapter of ALP. Alisha Crawley, teacher at Oak Hill Elementary School, is trained by ALP to train tutors and serves as the Executive Volunteer Director of the Burke Augustine Literacy Project.