Fall sorting continues at an accelerated rate at Book Buddies to keep ahead of the books expected from ongoing book drives. The Reagan High School Honor Society arrived on November 4 ready to work, and they did — organizing and packing hundreds of unsorted books. On November 18 there were thirty-four busy sorters at Book Buddies headquarters in the former WW White Elementary School gym.
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
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
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
Our Book Buddies team is wrapping up and taking stock after their successful Book Celebrations at the end of the school year. Stay tuned in July for a full report of the book celebrations and, fingers crossed, some exciting news!
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
Book Buddies have been busy collecting books for the book celebrations in May. Tara Lindow at Southside ISD has 764 books waiting to be picked up. She says the box is “crazy big”—no kidding! Volunteers will be arriving soon with several boxes to transport this great haul to Book Buddies headquarters. A group called Give More Hugs is also hosting a drive and will be helping
Even in this busy holiday season the eager Book Buddies team is thinking about children’s literacy and organizing book drives. A few drives we have heard about recently include Aventine Hill Partners; Indian Springs Elementary in Comal ISD, where teacher Jaime Ringlein is organizing a March 2017 drive; ETS (again this year, after giving us so much help last year), and Carrie Avery’s Brownie troop. Carrie Caesar and her
Book Buddies is gearing up for the fall/winter book drives to provide books for our Book Celebrations at Title I elementary schools in May. This year our goal is to provide several books to every child in eight schools – double our achievement last year. But for that we need LOTS of gently-used children’s books suitable for children from Pre-K through Grade 5. Already
During the last two weeks of the school year the SAYL Book Buddies Initiative was out in full force, holding free book fairs for students at four SAISD schools. A total of 8,000 books were distributed to students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade. In addition, SAYL Book Buddies also collected 3,600 books for the 1,400 students who participated in the SAYL Reading Buddy