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June 2017 Newsletter

Read up on all the latest happening with SAYL!
 Upcoming events, Reading Buddy updates, & more!
Your Monthly News & Updates – June 2017
A Note from Our Executive Director
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle
June is flying by and we are into our second week of our six week summer program, Camp Read-Aloud. The collaboration with the Ella Austin and Catholic Charities Guadalupe Community Centers is designed to create fun and enriching literacy experiences intended to reduce summer slide in reading of at-risk students. Read more >>
Upcoming Events
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
Our Book Buddies team is wrapping up and taking stock after their successful Book Celebrations at the end of the school year. Stay tuned in July for a full report of the book celebrations and, fingers crossed, some exciting news!
Donor Spotlight
Thank you to the Lellen and Rick Land Fund for their donation of $200 this month.
And special thanks once again to the Frankie Casseb Youth Literacy Club for its quarterly donation of $350. Both donations allow San Antonio Youth Literacy the opportunity to continue to deliver its SAYL Reading Buddy Program to those children struggling to read on grade level.


Kirk Fallin