Volunteer Spotlight – Alexis De Leon

Congratulations to Alexis De Leon, our SAYL Reading Buddy of the Month! Alexis is a first-year volunteer at Antonio Margil Elementary in SAISD, and initially heard about SAYL through her work. “I work for the Grand Hyatt of San Antonio, and our company is partnering with you. I have a bunch of younger siblings and a brother in 2nd grade, so I thought if I

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School Spotlight – Rogers Academy

Our spotlight school of the month is Rogers Academy of SAISD, and its Site Coordinator Dr. Holly Baker Hill. Hill has been working with our Reading Buddies at Rogers for the past three years, and has noticed many benefits the program has given to her students. “Definitely having the buddy builds the students’ confidence, so not only is it fantastic that they have a

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Donor Spotlight – V H McNutt Memorial Foundation

  A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the V H McNutt Memorial Foundation who was gracious enough to once again support our SAYL Reading Buddy Program with a donation in the amount of $5,000. We are extremely proud to have them as a member of our ‘tribe’ and for supporting our ongoing efforts to continue to deliver our Reading Buddy Program to those children

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Executive Director’s Note – February 2018

“I feel the need of reading.  It is a loss to man not to have grown up among books.” –Abraham Lincoln How fitting that during the birthday month of one of America’s greatest citizens, we should reflect on his words concerning reading and books. Even though Lincoln came from a humble beginning, his passion for literature and its importance are well known. Having been

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Book Buddy News – February 2018

BIG NEWS! We have big news at Book Buddies World Headquarters! After much hoping and waiting on our part, the international book reseller, Better World Books, accepted our application and has shipped us 22 Gaylords of free children’s books. We received them last Monday, and the SAISD personnel were ready with a fork lift and three pallet jacks to unload them and move them

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Volunteer Spotlight – Christopher McCollum

Our January Volunteer of the month is Christopher McCollum. This is Christopher’s second year serving as a Reading Buddy volunteer at Rogers Elementary in SAISD. Christopher is an Instructor of Theater at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). He first heard about SAYL and the Reading Buddy Program through a report on Texas Public Radio, and after learning more about the program saw

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School Spotlight – M.L.K. Academy

For the month of January, we are recognizing our awesome team from M.L. King Academy. Our first year Site Director, Ms. Delicia Ellis, has done a phenomenal job with the Reading Buddy Program. Despite being new to the program she has been very attentive and supportive of our volunteers and program in any way she can; she has given 100%. From coming up with new

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Book Buddy News – January 2018

BIG NEWS! Like everyone else, the Book Buddy team is taking a little breather to enjoy the holiday season. We have no sorting sessions scheduled until after the first of the year.  But then — Watch Out!  We will need Book Buddies volunteers in full force. Through the company Better World Books (motto: “Sell a book, give a book”), we have been granted 22

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Executive Director’s Note – January 2018

“And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! Oh, The Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss Well, Happy New Year!! Every year, like many of you, I make resolutions to address all those areas of my life that I think need addressing…the proverbial exercise/weight resolution, the being more optimistic resolution, the being more punctual resolution,

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