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Your Monthly News & Updates - February 2019
Executive Director's Note

"Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is
nothing greater than to do something for others."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

One semester down and one to go! Don't know about you, but it flew by, right? This month, I have chosen a quote by Dr. King in honor of his life and the celebration of February as Black History Month. As well, it is not simply a coincidence that it is also the month that we celebrate love. The sentiment of Dr. King is a universal observation of the power of love and dedication to others.  Read more >>> 

Upcoming Events:

Pizza with a Purpose
Wednesday, February 6 - 11a-9p
California Pizza Kitchen
255 E. Basse Rd Suite 900

California Pizza Kitchen (Quarry Market location only) will donate 20% of your check to SAYL on Wednesday, February 6! 

Purchases include dine in, take out, catering, and all beverages. ***You must bring in the flyer in order for SAYL to receive the contribution!***    Come have lunch or dinner and help support SAYL! Don't forget to tell your friends!

Reading Buddy Seminar

This seminar is intended for Reading Buddies interested in the linguistic components of reading instruction. It will focus on how to help students learn and practice the links between letters and the sounds they represent (i.e. phonics) within a typical reading session. The seminar will incorporate some content from previous seminars, but also offer new information and strategies. Reading Buddy Seminars offer a supportive environment for volunteers to come together to learn, ask questions, and share their own experiences.

The seminar will be conducted by Program Director, Ellen Van Meter, a former teacher with a master's degree in Literacy Education.

Reading Buddy Tips 

Supporting "Sounding It Out" with Chunky Monkey

You may remember seeing a neon pink bookmark in your initial Reading Buddy training or in the SAYL trunk on campus. This pink bookmark has different kid-friendly strategies for students to use when figuring out unknown words they encounter in the text. 

Book Buddies News 

Book Buddies hit the ground running soon after the holidays ended, putting in over 100 hours toward getting donated books ready for our May Book Celebrations. The loyal and hard-working Reagan High School chapter of the National Honor Society have been coming most Monday evenings and even some Saturdays to help the effort. Under the able and very organized leadership of Alyssa Carrasco, this group has sorted thousands of books while keeping everyone in good humor.  Read more >>>

Volunteer Spotlight

Reading Buddy Page Borski

Congratulations to our Reading Buddy of the Month - Page Borski! Page has been an awesome and extremely dedicated Reading Buddy since she began tutoring at Harmony Hills Elementary in North East ISD this past fall. She attended Harmony Hills when she was a child and as a mom of three herself, has seen first-hand that the more exposure kids have to books and reading the more confident readers they become.   Read more >>>

School Spotlight

Collins Garden Elementary 

Our school spotlight of the month goes to Collins Garden Elementary in SAISD. We are very proud and appreciative for all that Collins Garden has done and continues to do for its Reading Buddies and students.

Donor Spotlight 

A huge thank you to San Antonio Junior Forum for their generous  donation o $1,125 to support SAYL's Reading Buddy program.  THANK YOU,  THAN K YOU, THANK YOU!

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