SMART hosts the fifth annual SMART Art: Show, Sale, Social

Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) and Umpqua Bank are proud to present the fifth-annual SMART Art:  Show, Sale, Social on Oct.  22 at 5:30 pm at Kendall Toyota on Third Street in Bend.

In 2014, nearly 100 people attended this fabulous event and had a wonderful time helping us raise money to support SMART programs in Pre-K-third grade classrooms across Central Oregon.  SMART Art is a family oriented, entertaining event including a children’s art contest sponsored by Cascade Arts & Entertainment. The event features displays of book inspired art pieces by children, raffles, a wine wall and live music provided by Lori Fletcher of Deco Moon Jazz.

SMART Art is not only a fundraiser but also a friend-raiser.  For the past 24 years, SMART volunteers in Central Oregon have read with children at local elementary schools inspiring a love of reading and ultimately, giving kids the support they need to read confidently and fluently by the third grade.  This school year we are reading to children at several new school sites in Central Oregon which means we will need upwards of 100 additional volunteers to provide this very important support to children in our communities.  SMART Volunteers commit to one hour per week reading one-on-one with children in our local schools.  Attendees of SMART Art will learn more about volunteering to read one hour a week with children in Central Oregon.

“Volunteers who give the gift of their time are helping SMART realize the vision of an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed,” said Sue Stephens, SMART Senior Program Manager.

Admission to this event is $10 or a new, hardcover children’s book to add to our school based permanent collections.  RSVP recommended.  Call 541-355-5600 or email for more information and to RSVP.  For more information, visit:


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