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November 2017 Newsletter

Read up on all the latest happening with SAYL!
 Upcoming events, Reading Buddy updates, & more!
Your Monthly News & Updates – November 2017
A Note from Our Executive Director
“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones.  Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still. In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.” -Cynthia Rylant
Well, Fall is upon us. Some would say finally! Days are getting shorter, with even the daytime light reflecting differently but in a familiar way. There is an unmistakable crispness in the morning air and the ghosts and goblins are once again a fond memory. Read more >>
Upcoming Events
Cocktails for a Cause
Thursday, November 16 – 5-8pm
Blue Box Bar
– 312 Pearl Parkway
Join us for our fall Cocktails for a Cause at Blue Box Bar at the Pearl! This fun event is a great place to come mix and mingle with fellow volunteers and SAYL staff. A percentage of all drink sales between 5-8 p.m. will go towards the SAYL Reading Buddy Program. Hourly raffle prizes include gift cards, wine, and more! Light snacks provided while they last. Stop by after work and bring a friend!
Shop for a Cause
Sunday, December 16 – 12-6pm
Charming Charlie
– 225 E. Basse Road

Come out and continue your holiday shopping and shop for a good cause at the same time! Up to 20% of all sales will benefit SAYL’s Reading Buddy Program!

For more details on our upcoming events visit
Reading Buddy Insider
Reading Buddy Tip – Shared Reading with “We Both Read” Books
As these banners suggest, the books in this series are designed for an adult to read with a child who is developing as a reader. The pages alternate between an adult page which typically has more text, smaller font, and more complex vocabulary; and a child page which has less text and simpler vocabulary. Read the full tip here!
Book Buddy News
The big Book Buddies news for November is Boxes! We were nearly all out of boxes to hold the books distributed to the schools in the spring when EcoBox
came to our rescue. On October 6, EcoBox delivered three pallets of sturdy boxes to Book Buddies free of charge (pictured to the right). That’s 1,500 boxes! They saved our life, and we are grateful. Thank you, EcoBox! Read more >>
(pictured to the right are members from the Valero Vanguard)
Volunteer Spotlight
This month we would like to highlight our Volunteer of Year, Maria Bush. Maria was awarded this honor at our Volunteer Appreciation and Ice Cream Social on October 19 at Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair.
Maria first became involved with SAYL as Reading Buddy through her church, First Unitarian Universalist Church, three years ago. Since then, she has been instrumental in coordinating efforts at her church including arranging Reading Buddy trainings, opportunities for information sessions, and even nominating SAYL to receive funds from the church.  Read more >>
Site Director Spotlight
SAYL is excited to announce that our November Site Director of the Month goes to Dr. Tiffany Farias-Sokoloski, the Implementation Specialist at Douglass Academy in SAISD. Dr. Farias has done a terrific job with our Reading Buddy Program this year, and past years as well. We could not thank her enough for all the support, effort, and time she has given to her students and our wonderful Reading Buddies. Read more >>
Donor Spotlight
Getting support from those in our community means so much to the SAYL Reading Buddy Program and Carra Myers exemplifies that support through her recent donation of $5,000. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Ms. Myers for your continued support. The students in the Reading Buddy Program will benefit greatly from your gift.
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