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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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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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Volunteer Spotlight – March 2017

Please meet Lisa Castle, our Reading Buddy of the Month! Lisa is a native San Antonian and is currently working on her master’s degree at Our Lady of the Lake University. Lisa has always been very involved with her community and understands the importance of giving back. She wanted to make an even bigger impact on her community, especially with young children and their

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Reading Buddy Tip – Wait Time

One of the hardest things to do as a reading tutor is to not immediately help your student figure out a word they do not know. However, research shows it is only in giving students adequate “wait time” that they are truly able to strengthen their decoding skills and become better readers. Check out all tips for Wait Time here.  


Meet March’s Reading Buddy of the Month – Leonard Trevino!

Our March Reading Buddy of the Month is Mr. Leonard Trevino! Leonard first started as a Reading Buddy during the 2013-2014 school year. He found out about SAYL through his company’s Employee Resource Group, and was excited to discover he could tutor at his former alma mater, Woodlawn Elementary. Leonard has been nothing but dedicated and passionate about being a Reading Buddy! He knows

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December Reading Buddy of the Month – Elizabeth Rodriguez

Our Volunteer of the Month for December is Elizabeth Rodriguez, a student at St. Mary’s University. Elizabeth joined SAYL as part of the requirements for her Civic Engagement class. She began working with two students at Brewer Elementary and soon found her commitment went well beyond the requirements of her class. “Working with SAYL has been a great experience because I can see the

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Hats Off to Jim Boyle, Reading Buddy of the Month!

Jim Boyle is our Reading Buddy of the Month for November, a retiree tutoring at Woodlawn Hills Elementary. Jim has always been quick to help with any volunteer events or projects SAYL offers out to the community. In fact, he has been volunteering for quite a while. “The first time I got involved, back in the late 90’s, I saw it in the newspaper; this

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