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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Donor Spotlight – December 2017

A huge THANK YOU to the following organizations for their ongoing support, allowing San Antonio Youth Literacy the opportunity to continue to deliver its SAYL Reading Buddy Program to those children struggling to read on grade level. $350 from the Frankie Casseb Youth Literacy Club $500 from Alamo Area Hospitality Association $600 from Half Price Books $3,000 from Women of AT&T, SA Chapter


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

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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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Site Director of the Month – November 2017

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SAYL is excited to announce that our November Site Director of the Month goes to Dr. Tiffany Farias-Sokoloski, the Implementation Specialist at Douglass Academy in SAISD. Dr. Farias has done a terrific job with our Reading Buddy Program this year, and past years as well. We could not thank her enough for all the support, effort, and time she has given to her students and our

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