Book Buddy News – January 2017

Book Buddies have been busy collecting books for the book celebrations in May. Tara Lindow at Southside ISD has 764 books waiting to be picked up. She says the box is “crazy big”—no kidding! Volunteers will be arriving soon with several boxes to transport this great haul to Book Buddies headquarters. A group called Give More Hugs is also hosting a drive and will be helping

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Reading Buddy Seminar

RB Seminar

This Reading Buddy Seminar will focus on ways you can help deepen your students’ understanding of the books they read. We will go over strategies for helping your students summarize text, get the main idea, make inferences, and grow their vocabulary. These strategies can be adapted and implemented with students reading at all levels. Additionally, you will leave the training with new ideas on

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Reading Buddy Tip – Reading Too Fast

Copy of Reading Buddy Tip

Help, My Student is Reading Too Quickly! Situation: Your student reads at a fast pace, without much expression, and constantly guesses at words or skips over them entirely. What you can do: Read a book or section of a book to them. Model the appropriate pace and expression. You may even want to model misreading a word, and then going back to try again.

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Volunteer Spotlight – January 2017

Vol Spotlight

Please meet Carla Esparza and Tracey Taylor of Zachry Corporation, our Reading Buddies of the Month! Carla and Tracey are Reading Buddy partners, who together work with one student at Larkspur Elementary. Volunteers, like Carla and Tracey, are crucial elements for continued growth and success of our organization. Their love for reading and passion for civic engagement has assisted SAYL in achieving our mission, and

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Site Director Spotlight – January 2017

Site Director

Our Site Director for the month is the librarian from J.T. Brackenridge, Norma Montalvo! Ms. Montalvo has taught for eleven years; six years at the first grade level and five years at the third grade level. She has been the librarian for J.T. Brackenridge for the last six years. Ms. Montalvo understands the importance of the Reading Buddy Program, which is not only to

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Executive Director’s Note – January 2017

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”— Albert Einstein Here’s hoping that everyone had a great holiday season. As for the SAYL staff, we are back and energized to start the second half of the school year. The new year brings with it a promise of new beginnings and resolve. For the children we mentor, it brings brighter futures through new found

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Give the Gift of Reading

Our Reading Buddy Program is going strong and everyday we hear another story demonstrating the success of our program. We have a robust program with supportive schools and teachers, and an army of dedicated volunteers willing to tackle the issues associated with those who struggle to read on grade level.   When you support SAYL you are giving children the tools they need to

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Volunteer Spotlight – December 2016


Our Volunteer of the Month for December is Officer David Nouhan or “Officer Dave” as how his students address him. This is Officer Dave’s second year serving as a Reading Buddy volunteer. He first learned about the opportunity through a daily bulletin at SAPD calling for volunteers to read at schools and immediately wanted to get involved. “If a child has had a good

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Site Director Spotlight – December 2016


Please give a round of applause to Ms. Jennifer Santellan from Dellview Elementary! Ms. Santellan is the school’s Instructional Intervention Teacher and has served as our Site Director for two years. As an enthusiastic supporter of the Reading Buddy Program she always comes out to meet tutors on their first session and helps them navigate the school, as well as their students’ changing schedules. Ms.

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