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Reading Buddy Tip – Keeping them Focused

One of the most common inquiries we get from volunteers is: how can I help my student focus better? Whether students are dealing with diagnosed attention deficit disorder, or simply have a lot of energy and trouble directing it to the task of reading, it can be challenging to help kids find ways to focus. Check out these tips on how to help your

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School Spotlight – Northern Hills ES

Our spotlight school of the month is Northern Hills Elementary in NEISD, and our Site Director Ms. Beth Fouse. The second grade team and Ms. Fouse have been absolutely amazing and supportive of SAYL and the Reading Buddy Program. “Our teachers and administrators love having the SAYL program,” Fouse said. “We know it is the combination of good instruction and our partnership with SAYL

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Volunteer Spotlight – Alexis De Leon

Congratulations to Alexis De Leon, our SAYL Reading Buddy of the Month! Alexis is a first-year volunteer at Antonio Margil Elementary in SAISD, and initially heard about SAYL through her work. “I work for the Grand Hyatt of San Antonio, and our company is partnering with you. I have a bunch of younger siblings and a brother in 2nd grade, so I thought if I

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Executive Director’s Note – February 2018

“I feel the need of reading.  It is a loss to man not to have grown up among books.” –Abraham Lincoln How fitting that during the birthday month of one of America’s greatest citizens, we should reflect on his words concerning reading and books. Even though Lincoln came from a humble beginning, his passion for literature and its importance are well known. Having been

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Executive Director’s Note – January 2018

“And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! Oh, The Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss Well, Happy New Year!! Every year, like many of you, I make resolutions to address all those areas of my life that I think need addressing…the proverbial exercise/weight resolution, the being more optimistic resolution, the being more punctual resolution,

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Accenture Federal Services – Reading Buddy Partner Spotlight December 2017

For the month of December we are highlighting one of our newer partnerships with Accenture Federal Services (AFS). This is AFS’ second year participating in the Reading Buddy Program, and it is all thanks to two people, Yvette Spivey and Jasmine Buendicho. Yvette first learned about the SAYL Reading Buddy Program while a student at UIW three years ago. While completing a community service requirement for graduation, she

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Rodriguez ES – School Spotlight December 2017

This month we are excited to recognize the 2nd grade team alongside our fabulous Site Director, Dr. Leticia Garcia, for their support of the SAYL program at Cleto L. Rodriguez Elementary in SAISD. Ms. Pena and Ms. Cutter have been welcoming and sharing their expertise with SAYL volunteers for several years. Ms. Jimentel is new to Rodriguez this year, and has been helping the

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Coming Soon! Reading Buddy Seminar Slated for January

We’ve had lots of Reading Buddies inquiring about our next Reading Buddy Seminar, and we are excited to announce that this year’s seminar sessions will take place in the months of January and February. Reading Buddy Seminars are developed by SAYL Program Managers on different topics pertinent to Reading Buddies’ work with their students. This year’s seminar is entitled, “Beyond Sounding It Out: Building

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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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Executive Director’s Note – November 2017

“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones.  Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still. In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone

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