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January 2018 Newsletter

Read up on all the latest happening with SAYL!
 Upcoming events, Reading Buddy updates, & more!
Your Monthly News & Updates – January 2018
A Note from Our Executive Director
“And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
Oh, The Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss
Well, Happy New Year!! Every year, like many of you, I make resolutions to address all those areas of my life that I think need addressing…the proverbial exercise/weight resolution, the being more optimistic resolution, the being more punctual resolution, etc. etc. etc. And, once again, I have resolved to keep my resolutions. But I can tell you that one resolution we here at San Antonio Youth Literacy made in 2017, to continue helping San Antonio children become life-long readers, was kept. Read more >>
Upcoming Events
Pizza for a Purpose
Wednesday, February 7 – all day
California Pizza Kitchen
– 255 E. Basse Road

California Pizza Kitchen (Quarry Market location only) will donate 20% of your check to SAYL on Wednesday, February 7! Purchases include dine in, take out, catering, and all beverages. **You must bring in the flyer in order for SAYL to receive the contribution!** Print the flyer here!

Come have lunch or dinner and help support SAYL! Don’t forget to tell your friends!
For more details on our upcoming events visit
Reading Buddy Insider
Beyond Sounding It Out: Building Strategic Readers 

A Seminar for SAYL Reading Buddies

This year’s Reading Buddy Seminar will focus on ways Reading Buddies can support and encourage students’ use of multiple strategies to figure out new words and self-correct errors as they read. This seminar is ideal for new and seasoned Reading Buddy volunteers.

The seminar will be presented by our Program Manager, Ellen Van Meter. Ellen is a former classroom teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Literacy Education.

Four Options to Attend! Space is limited, register today! Locations vary by date. Visit to register and for location info.

Book Buddy News
Like everyone else, the Book Buddy team is taking a little breather to enjoy the holiday season. We have no sorting sessions scheduled until after the first of the year.  But then – Watch Out!  We will need Book Buddies volunteers in full force.
Through the company Better World Books (motto: “Sell a book, give a book”), we have been granted 22 Gaylords (really, really huge boxes) of children’s books to be delivered the week after the New Year. That is thirty to forty THOUSAND books! This is a huge bonanza for Book Buddies and the children we serve in Title I schools. We should be able to double or triple our output over last year. Read more >>
Volunteer Spotlight –
Christopher McCollum
Our January Volunteer of the month is Christopher McCollum. This is Christopher’s second year serving as a Reading Buddy volunteer at Rogers Elementary in SAISD. Christopher is an Instructor of Theater at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). He first heard about SAYL and the Reading Buddy Program through a report on Texas Public Radio, and after learning more about the program saw how important it was to help students with their reading. Read more >>
School Spotlight – M.L.K. Academy
For the month of January, we are recognizing our awesome team from M.L. King Academy. Our first year Site Director, Ms. Delicia Ellis, has done a phenomenal job with the Reading Buddy Program. Despite being new to the program she has been very attentive and supportive of our volunteers and program in any way she can; she has given 100%. Read more >>
Donor Spotlight
A huge thank you to ETS Cares for their recent donation of $226.
ETS Cares is a three-week campaign held by ETS in October that raises money for a variety of causes – from helping disadvantaged children to helping animals in need. We are honored to have been chosen to receive this donation as a portion of their fundraising campaign.
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