Executive Director’s Note – June 2017

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle June is flying by and we are into our second week of our six-week summer program, Camp Read-Aloud. The collaboration with the Ella Austin and Catholic Charities Guadalupe Community Centers is designed to create fun and enriching literacy experiences intended to reduce the summer slide in reading of at-risk students. It provides a

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Donor Spotlight – June 2017


Thank you to the Lellen and Rick Land Fund for their donation of $200 this month. And special thanks once again to the Frankie Casseb Youth Literacy Club for its quarterly donation of $350. Both donations allow San Antonio Youth Literacy the opportunity to continue to deliver its SAYL Reading Buddy Program to those children struggling to read on grade level.

Project Transformation & Summer Slide


A Note from our Partner Project Transformation by Kercida McClain We know you know how important children’s literacy is! We are grateful for this. The work you have done over the school year has made a big impact on the children you have read with. Our goal is for children to not lose that progress over the summer. The problem of summer reading slide

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Site Director Spotlight – May 2017

Site Director Spotlight

SAYL is happy to announce that our May Site Director of the Month is Ruby Gutierrez, the Instructional Reading Coach at Regency Place Elementary. This is Gutierrez’s second year coordinating the Reading Buddy Program at her campus, and she truly goes above and beyond! Gutierrez is passionate about helping her students become good readers and she is committed to making the SAYL partnership part of

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Volunteer Spotlight – May 2017

Vol Spotlight

We are pleased to introduce our May Reading Buddy of the Month, Mrs. Mona Mengler. Mengler is a Reading Buddy at Beacon Hill Elementary in SAISD and is currently finishing her third year as a volunteer with SAYL. As an avid reader herself, Mengler has always had the desire to volunteer with a literacy organization. After attending our Hooked on Books Breakfast, honoring Sheriff Pamerleau in

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Reading Buddy Tip – Interpreting Your Students’ End of Year Results

Reading Buddy Tip

As a Reading Buddy you have worked hard this year to help your students grow as readers. Their growth has likely taken many forms from increased reading ability to showing greater motivation to read and learn. The assessment we use to track the growth of students in the program is the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System that teachers conduct with each of their

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Book Buddy News – May 2017

Book Buddies has been very busy getting ready for this year’s book celebrations in elementary schools. We have enough books this year to give every child in eight elementary schools several books to take home to start their very own libraries. This doubles the number of schools served last year and means we will provide 3,895 children with books to read over the summer! We

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Executive Director’s Note – May 2017

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss Yes, many of you will be reading this after having spent your last session this year with your students as their Reading Buddy. Those of us that have been privileged to share in a tiny piece of these children’s lives can only marvel at the miracle that is learning. Hopefully we have taken snap

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