Every child should be able to read. With your help, they can.

Each year, SMART reaches thousands of Oregon children with vital one-on-one reading support, and books for those who need them most.

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Investments in early childhood literacy are essential to the health and vitality of local communities.

Fundamentally, SMART is built upon community engagement. Since 1992, SMART has been a catalyst for engaging community members, businesses, supporters and school partners to empower Oregon’s children through reading. Our public school partners welcome SMART volunteers into their schools to read one-on-one with students. Through this effort, we expose thousands of community members to the public education system each week as they generously contribute their time and resources to support students in reading success. Corporate and foundation partners throughout the state support SMART through volunteerism and financial contributions. Together, we are creating stronger Oregon communities.

SMART Stories

Story from:

Dea’Naisa Willingham, Multnomah County

I am just turning 20 years old and was one of the first SMART students at Vernon Elementary School. My love for reading was founded on the SMART… Read More ›