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SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

Sponsored by Cascade Eye Center

101 SW Market St.
Portland, OR 97201

SMART engages community volunteers to read one-on-one with PreK through third-grade children who need reading support. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep and read with their families.
SMART envisions an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed.


Since 1992, SMART has been pairing caring, adult volunteers with children in need of reading support and books to keep. SMART volunteers read one-on-one with students weekly during the school year, modeling a love of reading and building children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-driven environment.
Now in our 27th year, SMART has connected more than 134,000 community volunteers with over 211,000 students across Oregon for one-on-one reading support, and given children 2.7 million books to keep.

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