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 six different elementary schools, Camelot, Dellview, Larkspur, Olmos, West Avenue, and Wilshire elementary schools — all in North East ISD. The St. George Episcopal Church Reading Buddies continue to be some of our most passionate and dedicated volunteers. St. George volunteer Pam Piedfort commented, “the more children hear a good reader read, the more their fluency and background knowledge improves,” as one of the many reasons she volunteers with SAYL. Volunteer Marti Nodine also added, “I feel gratified as a volunteer if a child begins to read with enthusiasm and understanding; to use inductive and deductive reasoning to reach conclusions; to empathize with a story’s characters; and to enjoy acting out “parts” in stories with expression and enjoyment. Reading needs to be fun!”
SAYL’s contact and coordinator for the group, Julabeth Carden, has been a tremendous advocator for the Reading Buddy Program. She has even reserved space at St. George’s Church for SAYL’s recent Reading Buddy Seminars, and helps coordinate recruitment efforts at the church.
St. George Reading Buddies are wonderful assets to the campuses they serve. “[Reading Buddies] is a service where a small investment of time provides big benefits,” noted Nodine. We here at SAYL are grateful for their dedication to the students the St. George team serves so well!