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    The Start Making a Reader Today program, better known as SMART, is a statewide elementary school book and reading program that combines adult one-on-one in-school volunteers with free age-appropriate books children can take home to share with their families.

    For just one hour a week over a seven-month period (mid-October through May), SMART 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.

    What schools could I work in?

    SMART partners with schools that have high populations of children from low-income families. SMART volunteers are currently needed in seven Springfield schools:

    • Brattain Head Start
    • Centennial Elementary
    • Maple Elementary
    • Mt. Vernon Elementary
    • Riverbend Elementary
    • Thurston Elementary
    • Two Rivers–Dos Ríos Elementary


    When can I sign up?

    Volunteer assignments for the school year are made each fall, but call us anytime to see if there's a need in a school.

    Do I need any special training?

    Not really—just patience and a warm smile. Volunteers will get a short training session at the start of the fall, and all applicants will go through a rigorous background check.

    How do I sign up?

    To read more, find out how you can donate, or to apply, visit www.getsmartoregon.org.

    I still have more questions...

    If you still have more questions, call 541-726-3302.

    Click here to view or download the SMART brochure.