Books

Book Buddy News – January 2018

BIG NEWS! Like everyone else, the Book Buddy team is taking a little breather to enjoy the holiday season. We have no sorting sessions scheduled until after the first of the year.  But then — Watch Out!  We will need Book Buddies volunteers in full force. Through the company Better World Books (motto: “Sell a book, give a book”), we have been granted 22

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Executive Director’s Note – December 2017

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” -Dr. Seuss I know that all of you are feeling this way this time of the year. I am for sure. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was unearthing the decorations from

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Book Buddy News – December 2017

Fall sorting continues at an accelerated rate at Book Buddies to keep ahead of the books expected from ongoing book drives. The Reagan High School Honor Society arrived on November 4 ready to work, and they did — organizing and packing hundreds of unsorted books. On November 18 there were thirty-four busy sorters at Book Buddies headquarters in the former WW White Elementary School gym.

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Volunteer of the Year 2017

This month we would like to highlight our Volunteer of Year, Maria Bush. Maria was awarded this honor at our Volunteer Appreciation and Ice Cream Social on October 19 at Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair. Maria first became involved with SAYL as a Reading Buddy through her church, First Unitarian Universalist Church, three years ago. Since then, she has been instrumental in coordinating efforts at

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Book Buddy News – November 2017

The big Book Buddies news for November is Boxes! We were nearly all out of boxes to hold the books distributed to the schools in the spring when EcoBox came to our rescue. On October 6, EcoBox delivered three pallets of sturdy boxes to Book Buddies free of charge (pictured to the right). That’s 1,500 boxes! They saved our life, and we are grateful. Thank

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Reading Buddy Quick Tip: Shared Reading with “We Both Read” Books

The above books are part of a series called “We Both Read.” Some of the titles may look familiar to you from books you have read with your student, or seen in your initial Reading Buddy training. All the books have a few features in common. On the cover, you will see yellow banners that read: “WE BOTH READ”, and “Take turns reading!” As

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Book Buddy News – October 2017

Activity at Book Buddies slowed considerably in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The SAISD donated several of its school spaces to Red Cross housing of evacuees, and there was a plan to use our headquarters for overflow evacuee space. Although that did not happen, district employees emptied the gym in preparation and stored all our books and supplies, putting us out of commission for

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Book Buddy News – September 2017

Book Buddies is all moved into our new headquarters in the gym of the former WW White School. Thanks to SAISD, the premises are freshly cleaned and sparkling for the new year of book drives. During our August 9 organizational meeting for the new school year, we set an ambitious (but obtainable) goal of 40,000 to 50,000 books. This doubles last year’s number, so it’s time

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New Bilingual Books Thanks to Generous Donor

This summer, the SAYL staff was excited and grateful to receive a donation of books from Anjali Joshi and her teenage son. Anjali’s son had earned over three hundred dollars in Amazon gift cards and wanted to make sure they were put to use for a worthy cause. His mother was familiar with the work of SAYL from her longtime family friend and SAYL

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Book Buddy News – August 2017

BIG NEWS!  Book Buddies has a new home. Necessitated by the re-purposing of Brewer Elementary, our former location, Book Buddies World Headquarters has moved to the former gym of W.W. White Elementary School at 545 S. W.W. White Road on the East Side. Thanks to the hard work of Tiffany Grant, Chief of Staff to SAISD Superintendent Martinez, we have been provided a space

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