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Your Monthly News & Updates - March 2020 
Note from our Executive Director 

"When you learn, teach. When you get, give."
 -  Maya Angelou
For the past several years, San Antonio Youth Literacy has participated in The Big Give and will do so again in 2020. For those of you not familiar with The Big Give, it is held annually for one day only to give individuals in San Antonio and across south Texas an opportunity to go online and donate to one or more of over 500 nonprofit organizations.  Read more here >>

Upcoming Events

EdChat - Reading Together
Saturday, March 7 - 10am-12pm
Collins Garden Library 

Join us Leadership SAISD and SAYL as we explore our feelings for reading and participate in a fun and free interactive workshop exploring simple and fun ways to engage ourselves and kids in reading various texts and genres as a family.  Register here >>

The Big Give
Thursday, March 26 - 12am-11:59pm
From your Computer or Smartphone

The Big Give is back Thursday, March 26! Please consider making a donation or better yet, become a SAYL fundraiser and invite your family and friends to support SAYL during the Big Give! 

Sip & Spell
Thursday, April 2 - 5:30pm-9pm

Come try your luck with San Antonio Youth Literacy's twist on an old school classic! The spelling bee from your youth without the anxiety! Face-off against other hives by working with your team (up to 5 players) to compete for the title of Sip & Spell Champion!
Each player will receive 1 drink ticket, 1 raffle ticket, and free entry to the after-contest Jazz Band Show. Click link below to register and for more information.
Reading Buddy Tip 

Reading Buddy Seminar - Focus Areas for Transitional Readers

Our recent Reading Buddy seminar gave Buddies strategies for helping transitional readers. These are students who are "nearly fluent" readers, kids who have begun to adopt reading behaviors that will lead them toward more advanced skills, but who might need a little help navigating this transition.  See the full tip here >>

Volunteer Spotlight- Amando Estrada

Our Reading Buddy of the month for March is Amando Estrada. This is Amando's fourth year serving as a SAYL Reading Buddy. He found out about the program through an article in the Express-News. During his first three years with the program he worked with students at Crockett Elementary in SAISD. This year he has been matched with students at J.T. Brackenridge, also in SAISD.  Read more here >>  
School Spotlight - Rogers Academy

Hats off to our School Spotlight, Rogers Academy in SAISD! Rogers has been an amazing school partner for many years. They continue to partner with the Reading Buddy Program as they want to allow their students the opportunity to have social awareness as well as literacy engagement to support their academic goals.  
Donor Spotlight

Getting support from those in our community means so much to the SAYL Reading Buddy Program and CPS Energy exemplifies that support through their recent donation of $20,000. This generous donation allows San Antonio Youth Literacy to continue to deliver its 
program to those children struggling to read on grade level. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

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