SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

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About Us

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) recruits thousands of volunteers to read one-on-one with K-3 children in need of literacy support. Every week for seven months, volunteers read aloud with kids to help them gain confidence in their reading ability. Educators agree this helps reinforce reading and language skills learned in the classroom. Research proves that children who participated in SMART are 60 percent more likely to reach state reading benchmarks.

SMART partners with more than 200 schools that have high populations of children from low income families, as studies show they are less likely to have books in the home. To encourage reading outside the classroom, SMART gives each child 14 new, take-home books—two per month during the course of the program.

Every school year SMART mobilizes thousands of volunteers. A donation to SMART ensures the organization can recruit, train and manage its statewide network of volunteers, while getting books in the hands of kids who need them most. The vision of SMART is an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed.

La visión de SMART es que todos los niños de Oregon puedan leer y estén facultados para triunfar. Nos esforzamos por inspirar el amor por la lectura en los niños de Oregon de modo que sean lectores y educados de por vida.

Para convertir esta visión en una realidad, SMART colabora con voluntarios que leen individualmente con niños de pre kindergarten al 3er grado, una hora a la semana, durante el año escolar. SMART ofrece apoyo a la alfabetización a estudiantes en más de 200 escuelas, centros de educación preescolar y organizaciones comunitarias por todo el estado de Oregon.

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SMART Site Coordinator (Volunteer Opportunity)