The Big Give 2017


Get ready to give! On May 4th, starting at 12:00AM midnight, visit and make a donation to SAYL. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59pm on May 4th. What is the Big Give? The Big Give is South Central Texas’ 24-hour online day of online giving fueled by the power of generous donors, creative nonprofits,

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Site Director Spotlight – April 2017

Site Director Spotight

This month we are honoring Ms. Lucinda Flores from Collins Garden Elementary as our Site Director of the Month! Ms. Flores has been at Collins Garden in SAISD since 2008. She is the school’s Librarian and has served as our Site Director for the past six years. Ms. Flores has done a phenomenal job by making our program come to life at Collins Garden.

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Volunteer Spotlight – April 2017

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Our Volunteer Spotlight this month is highlighting our awesome partnership with St. George Episcopal Church! Members of St. George invited SAYL to present about the Reading Buddy Program back in August of 2015. Shortly after, a group from their church became Reading Buddies for the 2015-2016 school year. This school year eleven volunteers make up the St. George Reading Buddy team and volunteer at

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Reading Buddy Tip – Building Confidence

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You can probably think of times in your life where being less-skilled at something others seemed to be able to do quite well made you feel inadequate. Many students experience similar feelings when they recognize they are not reading at the same level as some of their peers. This lack of reading confidence can be an obstacle to developing a positive self-image and can

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Executive Director’s Note – April 2017

“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” Chinese Proverb Wow! Am I the only one who missed winter? Hard to believe that spring is here! Soon we will be wrapping up another school year. The midyear assessment data that we recently received from our campuses once again demonstrates the impact of our Reading Buddies’ work with, and dedication to, their students. However,

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Book Buddy News – April 2017

Book Buddies have been busy gathering and sorting books in the run-up to our giveaway celebrations at the end of the school year. Volunteers are doing their best to make sure we reach our goal of twenty thousand books by the time they go off to the elementary schools to be picked by the students. At last estimation, we have only about 4 thousand to

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Reading Buddy Tip – Comprehension Skills

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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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