Donor Spotlight – October 2017

This month we would like to thank two outstanding partners for their generous support to SAYL, Dollar General and Valero. A huge THANK YOU to Dollar General for their ongoing support in the amount of $4,000, which allows San Antonio Youth Literacy the opportunity to continue to deliver its SAYL Reading Buddy Program to those children struggling to read on grade level. We also

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Book Buddy News – October 2017

Activity at Book Buddies slowed considerably in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The SAISD donated several of its school spaces to Red Cross housing of evacuees, and there was a plan to use our headquarters for overflow evacuee space. Although that did not happen, district employees emptied the gym in preparation and stored all our books and supplies, putting us out of commission for

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Executive Director’s Note – October 2017

“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” —Tomie dePaola, Author of Legend of the Blue Bonnet and others Well, volunteers are signing up and being trained, teachers are busy assessing the kids’ reading levels to be sure to meet them where they are and help them move forward, and some of us are beginning

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Book Buddy News – September 2017

Book Buddies is all moved into our new headquarters in the gym of the former WW White School. Thanks to SAISD, the premises are freshly cleaned and sparkling for the new year of book drives. During our August 9 organizational meeting for the new school year, we set an ambitious (but obtainable) goal of 40,000 to 50,000 books. This doubles last year’s number, so it’s time

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Executive Director’s Note – September 2017

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Its not.” -Dr. Seuss As I sit down to pen this message, children across San Antonio are donning their “first day of school” outfits, carefully placing new school supplies (to include those fabulous untouched crayons –  the box of 64 if you are lucky) into book bags to begin a

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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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