Reading Buddy Tip – Comprehension Skills

RB Tip for CC

It was wonderful to have so many volunteers attend our spring Reading Buddy Seminar: A Focus on Comprehension. This month’s Reading Buddy Tip is for those who were unable to attend the seminar but are still looking for ways to help build your students’ comprehension skills. This resource includes tools for summarizing, making inferences, building vocabulary, and reading fluently. View the Slides from the

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Book Buddy News – March 2017

Book Buddies

Last month brought a number of offers for hosting book drives. It seems that word has gotten out that doing a book drive for Book Buddies is a fun, useful service project for all kinds of organizations. And indeed it is! It is easy to organize a drive at any neighborhood organization, sports team, house of worship, workplace, school — or anyplace else people

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Donor Spotlight – March 2017

Thank You!

A huge thank you to the William Dean Charitable Foundation for their financial support of the SAYL Reading Buddy Program in the amount of $17,500. The foundation supports literacy and educational purposes and we are very honored to have them as a partner in our efforts to address the reading needs of San Antonio’s youth.


Volunteer Spotlight – March 2017

Lisa Castle VS

Please meet Lisa Castle, our Reading Buddy of the Month! Lisa is a native San Antonian and is currently working on her master’s degree at Our Lady of the Lake University. Lisa has always been very involved with her community and understands the importance of giving back. She wanted to make an even bigger impact on her community, especially with young children and their

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Site Director Spotlight – March 2017

Site Director Spotight

Please meet our Site Directors of the month, Yvonne Jagge and Teri James at Serna Elementary! Yvonne has served as a K-5 Instructional Interventionist at Serna for over twenty-eight years and this is her third year serving as our Site Director. Teri has served as the Literacy Coach at Serna for over eighteen years and this is her second year serving as Co-Site Director. Yvonne and

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Executive Director’s Note – March 2017

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Dr. Seuss As many of you may know, we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on March 2. Theodor Seuss Geisel, was an American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist best known for authoring children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. He devoted his life to creating

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Reading Buddy Tip – Wait Time

RB Tip for CC-2

One of the hardest things to do as a reading tutor is to not immediately help your student figure out a word they do not know. However, research shows it is only in giving students adequate “wait time” that they are truly able to strengthen their decoding skills and become better readers. Check out all tips for Wait Time here.