Hickory – Soon it will be time for students to head back to school. As many as 4 in 10 first through third grade students in Catawba County will return to school without the reading skills they need to succeed next year. In addition to the instruction their teachers provide, these students need individualized help to become fluent readers.

The Augustine Literacy Project® trains volunteers who provide free, one-on-one literacy tutoring to low income children who are struggling readers.

Attend an informational coffee to learn more about the Augustine Literacy Project®. Find out how you can participate in one of the upcoming fall trainings. Learn how you can join the agency’s work with the county’s three school systems to help improve reading and academic achievement–one child at a time.

While the program has grown tremendously during the past five years, there are still many elementary schools in Catawba County without Augustine Literacy Project® tutors. A generous grant from the Catawba County United Way is helping to expand the program into schools throughout the county. Director Angela Lawrence said, “We are so grateful for our relationship with Catawba County United Way because it validates the work of our tutors and helps more people learn about the evidence-based program. We hope to recruit and train more volunteer tutors to help more children in Catawba County become successful readers.”

The coffees held will at 10 am at the Learning Resource Center’s office on the following dates:
Friday, July 19
Wednesday, July 31
Tuesday, August 27
Tuesday, September 3
Wednesday, September 11
Tuesday, October 1
Friday, October 11

Connect with staff of the Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center at their office, located in the lower level of the Shook and Tarlton building on Highway 127. The address is 926 2nd Street NE, Suite 100, Hickory, NC, 28601. For more information, email [email protected], call 828-624-2012, or visit www.patrickbeaverlrc.org.