Volunteers

Volunteer Spotlight – Christopher McCollum

Our January Volunteer of the month is Christopher McCollum. This is Christopher’s second year serving as a Reading Buddy volunteer at Rogers Elementary in SAISD. Christopher is an Instructor of Theater at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). He first heard about SAYL and the Reading Buddy Program through a report on Texas Public Radio, and after learning more about the program saw

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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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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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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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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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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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Executive Director’s Note – October 2017

“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” —Tomie dePaola, Author of Legend of the Blue Bonnet and others Well, volunteers are signing up and being trained, teachers are busy assessing the kids’ reading levels to be sure to meet them where they are and help them move forward, and some of us are beginning

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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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