Catawba County, NC – Back to school should be an exciting time for students, but children who struggle to read often dread the return of school because they know that they cannot read as well asUpcoming Augustine Literacy Project their peers. Even with the help of caring teachers and supportive parents, striving readers often feel inadequate and ashamed.

With the support of the Catawba County United Way, the Augustine Literacy Project trains volunteers to provide research-based, individualized tutoring to students from low-income families who read at least one year below grade level, at no cost to the students’ families or schools. The fall trainings are scheduled for October 3-7 and October 31-November 4.

To find out how to get involved in the Augustine Literacy Project, potential volunteers can visit the Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center at 1925 Tate Boulevard SE, Hickory, NC 28602 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, September 7 & 8. Augustine Literacy Project informational coffees will also be held at 10 a.m. at the center’s office on September 14 and September 20.

For more information, email, call 828-624-2012, or visit