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July 2017 Newsletter

Read up on all the latest happening with SAYL!
 Upcoming events, Reading Buddy updates, & more!
Your Monthly News & Updates – July 2017
A Note from Our Executive Director
“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”
-Marcel Proust
Well, we can all tell it is summer in San Antonio. The heat has descended and has forced a retreat from any kind of outdoor activity save bobbing in a swimming pool, ocean, lake or river.  We must, however, be appreciative of the long South Texas summer nights that are usually accompanied by strong coastal breezes even this far west of the Gulf. Read more >>
Upcoming Events
Wine Down Wednesday 
Wednesday, August 9
Bar 414 at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel 
Wine Down Wednesday at Bar 414 in the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in Downtown San Antonio is a fun wine tasting event that brings friends together to sample amazing wine. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit SAYL. Featuring live Jazz by Judy Deleon and charity raffles throughout the evening. Valet parking will be validated with $20 purchase.
Save the Date!
SAYL Luncheon – Raising Expectations:
How Bexar County Public Schools are Improving
Tuesday, October 10
Pearl Stable
– 312 Pearl Parkway

Join us for a continuation of last year’s conversation, Status of 3rd Grade Literacy in San Antonio. This year Robert Rivard returns as moderator with panelists Dr. Brian Woods, NISD Superintendent, Pedro Martinez, SAISD Superintendent, and State Representative Diego Bernal to discuss how Bexar County public schools are improving.

Table sponsorships and ticket sales coming soon!
To pre-register for this event please email
Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Project Transformation
Are you looking to keep tutoring this summer? Check out Project Transformation Rio Texas and learn more about their summer volunteer opportunities! Project Transformation needs volunteers for each week at each of their site churches to read with elementary-aged participants for two hours each day. Adults or high school students can volunteer Monday-Thursday from June 12 to July 27, from 10 am to 12 pm. Volunteers can commit to one day each week, one whole week, one day out of the summer, or anything in between! Sign-up Here >>
Camp Read-Aloud
Join San Antonio Youth Literacy’s Camp Read-Aloud and help the SAYL Staff create a fun adventure each week with an exciting read-aloud book and follow-up activities! You will be helping 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students improve their literacy skills by reading and playing educational games together! Volunteer one week or all six. Camp Read-Aloud will be held June 12 – August 3. Sign-up Here >>
Book Buddy News
Book Buddies have been even busier than usual winding up the year with our Book Celebrations in eight elementary schools in the SAISD. In all more than 4,000 children were able to choose several books to take home and keep – more than 16,000 books in all! This doubles the schools and children served last year, and next year we hope to be able to double our numbers again. Read more >>
Donor Spotlight
Our 2016-2017 SAYL Reading Buddy Program year has been successfully completed –  and that success is due to the generous contributions from the donors listed below. THANK YOU for believing in our program and supporting our efforts to empower children to develop effective reading skills while, at the same time, increasing their enjoyment of reading.

See the full list of our 324 donors here.

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