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SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)



SMART, Start Making A Reader Today, is a nationally recognized, community-funded nonprofit that partners with a statewide network of educators, volunteers and advocates to help Oregon's children become confident readers and productive citizens.

SMART engages a diverse set of community volunteers to provide program support as Site Coordinators, SMART Team Members, Program Aides, and Readers. SMART also offers opportunitites to those who wish to act as SMART Ambassadors or Chapter Members to heighten awareness and fundraising.

SMART partners with hundreds of schools statewide to deliver proven literacy support to K-3 children. Teachers recommend students for participation in the program, which complements the school's curriculum.

The program typically operates during the school year between October and May. Whether you can volunteer 1 hour a week, 1 hour a day, or once during the year. Your donation of time can help reverse the statistic that 38% of Oregon's 4th graders read below the basic level.

Mission: SMART envisions an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed.
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