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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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Volunteer Spotlight – November 2016

Valerie Thornberry is a returning Reading Buddy this year at Baskin Elementary in SAISD. After retiring from UTSA, Valerie was in search of a program where she could work with children and reading. “This is something that I have always wanted to do,” stated Thornberry. “I think it is important for children to be able to read well because that’s how they learn and

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Meet our January Reading Buddy of the Month!

Dan Harrington, pastor at Northern Hills United Methodist Church and Reading Buddy at Northern Hills Elementary, is our January Reading Buddy of the Month! This is Dan’s second year to volunteer as a Reading Buddy, but when you listen to him work with his students, you would think he has been doing this forever.  Dan’s engaging personality and the warm, calm environment he creates

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Meet December Reading Buddy of the Month – Joe Lamm

Please meet Joe Lamm, our December SAYL Reading Buddy of the Month!  Joe is a member of the Episcopal Church of Reconciliation and is volunteering with SAYL  for the second year at Serna Elementary.  Joe started last year with two students but quickly offered to work with a third student when he realized another student needed a Reading Buddy.  He is back with us

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November Reading Buddy of the Month – Rachael Ferrera

Our Reading Buddy of the month for November is Rachael Ferrera with Zachry Construction Corporation! Rachael has been a Reading Buddy with SAYL for the past eight (yes eight!) school years. She has also graciously taken on the role of volunteer coordinator at Zachry in addition to her full-time position with the company. In her role as Volunteer Coordinator for the SAYL Program, Rachael is

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June Reading Buddies of the Month – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

Edwin Miles brought Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity to partner with SAYL at Windcrest Elementary and created a successful relationship from the very beginning. Under Edwin’s leadership, the Fraternity’s volunteers proved to be dedicated and enthusiastic Reading Buddies for our second graders. But their relationship extended beyond their tutoring commitment. Edwin felt strongly about the importance of getting books in the hands of our students. To

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Check Out the Amazing Eight from Broadway Bank – Our February Reading Buddies of the Month

Our Reading Buddies for the month of February are none other than the amazing group from Broadway Bank! Each year, Broadway Bank’s charitable arm, the Care Corps, challenges itself to make a difference in the community in the most impactful way. At the heart of their goals is providing underprivileged families with skills and resources that can change their lives. “We know that through

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