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Your Monthly News & Updates - May 2019
Note from our Executive Director

"I think it's the books that we read when you're young that live with you forever." - J.K. Rowling

Every month I try to find a quote by a person of note that I believe, if I were ever fortunate enough to have dinner with, would totally endorse the mission of San Antonio Youth Literacy and the necessity of books and reading to humanity. This person would appreciate that by helping children with their reading skills, building their confidence and making reading easier for them, enjoyment would be a natural consequence. Read more >>>

Upcoming Events:

Spirit Night at Willie's Grill & Icehouse
Wednesday, May 29 4pm - Close
Hill Country Village Location
15801 San Pedro 

Looking for dinner plans? Come out to Willie's Grill & Icehouse and support SAYL by joining us for Spirit Night! Tell your server you're there for San Antonio Youth Literacy Spirit Night, and 15% of your check will be donated to SAYL! Be sure to check your receipt to make sure your donation is counted.

Save the Date!
SAYL Annual Luncheon
Thursday, September 5 - 11am
Pearl Stable

Save the date for A Conversation with Naomi Shihab Nye moderated by Robert Rivard on Thursday, September 5. Local author Naomi Shihab Nye began her writing career at the age of 7. She is the author or editor of over 30 books including poetry collections, short stories, novels, children's and young-adult literature, and essays. She is currently on faculty at Texas State University. Robert Rivard is the founder, editor, and publisher of the Rivard Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization with a focus on San Antonio and Bexar County. Tickets and table sponsorships coming soon. For more information email

Reading Buddy Tip

What to Do on Your Last Reading Buddy Session

Your last session with your students provides a chance for celebration as well as a look toward the summer months. Check out the full tip via the link below for what to do during the last session.  Whatever you choose to do for your last session, we hope that it will be a special time for you and your students. Thank you for all your work this year as a Reading Buddy and we hope to have you back in the fall! Read the full tip here >>

Book Buddies News 

April was a very busy month at Book Buddies. Our terrific volunteers contributed more than 300 hours of sorting, counting, and boxing donated books. They were so efficient and on-task that they regularly emptied a huge container of books in a two-hour session. This is a tremendous amount of work, but our volunteers were up to the challenge.  Read more >>>

Volunteer Spotlight

Reading Buddy Connie Sharon

Congratulations to our Reading Buddy of the Month - Connie Sharon! Connie has been an amazing Reading Buddy at Clear Spring Elementary in NEISD since she joined after learning about our program through two friends who are Reading Buddies, and after seeing us at the A Way With Words show this past summer. Read more here >>

School Spotlight

Boone  Elementary 

Congratulations to Boone Elementary in NISD for being SAYL's school of the month for May! Boone Elementary became a partner campus just last school year, and we have so enjoyed working with them. Site Director, Carmen Cervantes, has helped to ensure volunteers and SAYL staff have up to date reading levels and scheduling information. The second-grade team has also been very supportive of the program. Front office and library staff have been friendly and welcoming, assisting Reading Buddies in their work on campus.

Donor Spotlight

A huge THANK YOU to CPS Energy for their recent donation of $20,000. Their ongoing support to the communities in which they live, work and serve through causes that aid, empower, enrich and educate allows San Antonio Youth Literacy to continue to deliver our SAYL Reading Buddy Program to those children struggling to read on grade level. Thank you to CPS Energy for their ongoing support.

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