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.

Portland Trail Blazers: make it better Partnership

In the 2014-15 season, the Portland Trail Blazers have named SMART one of five make it better community partners. This partnership means SMART will receive support in getting the word out about our mission at Blazer games and events in the Portland community and across Oregon. Thank you to the Portland Trail Blazers and make it better Foundation!

kindergarten through third grade kids with portland trail blazer players and coaches along with mascot Blaze

The Portland Trail Blazers announced the five make it better community partners for the 2014-15 season at a special all-school assembly at Boise-Eliot Elementary in Portland.

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!