Why is the Augustine Literacy Project needed?

  • In 2014-2015, 48% of Catawba County third graders failed to meet grade level proficiency standards on the end of grade reading tests.
  • More than 50% of economically disadvantaged children countywide read below grade level
  • Nearly two-thirds of children with learning disabilities read below grade level. (
  • Children do not outgrow poor reading without targeted intervention. 74% of poor readers in 3rd grade still struggle in 9th
  • 85% of juvenile offenders have a reading difficulty.


The Augustine Literacy Project of Hickory makes a difference in the lives of children.  Here’s how it works:

  • Improves the reading, writing, and spelling abilities of low-income children who struggle with literacy skills.
  • Trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide free, long-term, one-to-one support
  • Employs a research-based methodology based on the Orton-Gillingham approach.
  • Uses Wilson Reading System kits and the Augustine Literacy Project developed materials.


The Augustine Literacy Project of Hickory has been a replication chapter of the Augustine Literacy Project of the Triangle since 2008.  Visit their website at