In our work to improve the lives of Oregon children through reading, we are joined by countless community organizations, passionately united in the common cause of educating our youth. Education is a responsibility shared by many – parents, teachers, public schools, government institutions and private organizations. SMART works with a number of organizations to improve and expand our service offerings and, ultimately, help to create better, brighter futures for children across the state.
Featured Partner: “I Have A Dream” Foundation-Oregon
With the common goal of empowering youth through providing apposite tools and resources based on individual needs, the “I Have a Dream” Foundation-Oregon has been a valued SMART partner since 2010. During the planning and implementation stages of SMART at Alder Elementary School in Portland, “I Have a Dream” Foundation-Oregon’s support and involvement was a portrait of enthusiasm and commitment. Local Director of Dream Programs, Traci Rossi, is a devoted SMART Reader and substitute Site Coordinator, is often found giving tours of the school, and actively recruits volunteers for the program. She successfully recruited all “I Have a Dream” Foundation-Oregon employees to read with the students at Alder!