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October 2017 Newsletter

Read up on all the latest happening with SAYL!
 Upcoming events, Reading Buddy updates, & more!
Your Monthly News & Updates – October 2017
A Note from Our Executive Director
“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” -Tomie dePaola
Well, volunteers are signing up and being trained, teachers are busy assessing the kids’ reading levels to be sure to meet them where they are and help them move forward, and some of us are beginning to meet our young charges, ready to embark on one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives. Read more >>
Upcoming Events
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, Mr. Pedro Martinez, SAISD Superintendent, and State Representatives Diego Bernal and Barbara Gervin-Hawkins to discuss how Bexar County public schools are improving.
Individual tickets & table sponsorships available. Plus, a special $50 rate for current Reading Buddy volunteers!  See full details and purchase your tickets here. Or for information email
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!
Reading Buddy Insider
SAYL Volunteer Appreciation &
Ice Cream Social
Thursday, October 19 5:30-7:30pm
Yanaguana Garden
– Hemisfair
Here’s the scoop: San Antonio Youth Literacy is celebrating YOU, our Volunteers & Partners, with an ice cream social event. Come out for a fun afternoon of mingling with staff and other volunteers and, of course, ice cream! Please bring a friend to learn more about SAYL! See full details & RSVP here!
Book Buddy News
Activity at Book Buddies slowed considerably in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The SAISD donated several of its school spaces to Red Cross housing of evacuees, and there was a plan to use our headquarters for overflow evacuee space. Although that did not happen, district employees emptied the gym in preparation and stored all our books and supplies, putting us out of commission for a couple of weeks. Read more >>
Donor Spotlight
This month we would like to thank two outstanding partners for their generous support to SAYL, Dollar General and Valero.
A huge THANK YOU to Dollar General for their ongoing support in the amount of $4,000, which allows San Antonio Youth Literacy the opportunity to continue to deliver its SAYL Reading Buddy Program to those children struggling to read on grade level.
We also want to give a shout out to our friends at Valero. On Friday, September 15, SAYL was privileged to be honored at the 2017 Benefit For Children Charity Award Breakfast held at the Valero Headquarters as one of one hundred and twenty-one local non-profit recipients of the $3,035,000.00 raised during the 2017 Valero Texas Open Golf Tournament. And, making this very special, is the fact that one of our Reading Buddies, Dawn Brake a Valero Associate, nominated SAYL for the award. A big THANK YOU to Valero and Dawn for their endorsement of our program and continued support of the children of San Antonio.
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