Executive Director’s Note – August 2017

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire Just a short note this month to comment on the warm feeling I experience every time I see pictures of children frolicking in the cool water of summer and their expressions of pure unadulterated joy. Wow, what a rush!  The only other time I

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New Bilingual Books Thanks to Generous Donor

This summer, the SAYL staff was excited and grateful to receive a donation of books from Anjali Joshi and her teenage son. Anjali’s son had earned over three hundred dollars in Amazon gift cards and wanted to make sure they were put to use for a worthy cause. His mother was familiar with the work of SAYL from her longtime family friend and SAYL

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Book Buddy News – August 2017

BIG NEWS!  Book Buddies has a new home. Necessitated by the re-purposing of Brewer Elementary, our former location, Book Buddies World Headquarters has moved to the former gym of W.W. White Elementary School at 545 S. W.W. White Road on the East Side. Thanks to the hard work of Tiffany Grant, Chief of Staff to SAISD Superintendent Martinez, we have been provided a space

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Book Buddy News – July 2017

Book Buddies have been even busier than usual winding up the year with our Book Celebrations in eight elementary schools in the SAISD. In all, more than 4,000 children were able to choose several books to take home and keep – more than 16,000 books in all! This doubles the schools and children served last year, and next year we hope to be able

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Executive Director’s Note – July 2017

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” –Marcel Proust Well, we can all tell it is summer in San Antonio. The heat has descended and has forced a retreat from any kind of outdoor activity save bobbing in a swimming pool, ocean, lake or river.  We must, however, be appreciative of the long

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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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