Start Making A Reader Today needs volunteers

SMART, Start Making A Reader Today, pairs volunteers to read one hour a week with children in PreK-3rd grades at local schools.  SMART volunteers have been reading with children in Central Oregon for 25 years.

SMART’s vision is an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed.  We know that a child who can read confidently and fluently by the third grade is far more likely to graduate from high school and continue on to trade school or college than a child who never learns to read well.

In the course of our 25 years, we have read with nearly 16,000 children with the help of almost 10,000 volunteers who have donated more than 210,000 hours of their time. We have also given away more than 200,000 books for SMART kids to take home and keep and read with their families.

In the 2016-17 school year, we have been asked to read to 800 children in Central Oregon.  In order to do this we need to recruit more than 100 new volunteers in Deschutes County.  In service to that goal, we will be hosting volunteer information sessions at the following places, dates and times in September:

Redmond Library – Multi-Purpose Room                  Sept. 21                       1 – 3:30 p.m.

Bend Downtown Library -Front Lobby                   Sept.  27                      11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bend East Side Library – Reading Room                  Sept. 28                       11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Information sessions are informal with SMART volunteers and staff talking one-on-one with individuals interested in learning more about participating in the SMART program as a volunteer.  Learn where and when we need volunteers, what volunteer readers do and how to sign up to participate.

Visit or call 541-355-5600 to learn more about SMART.

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