My SMART experience has been rewarding in many ways. When I met my reader, she was a very energetic and talented kindergartener! Being able to choose her own book(s) was awesome and made reading fun. We hit it off from day one. How fortunate the next year, I was assigned the same reader, now a growing and glowing 1st grader! Reading with children is so rewarding. I have read with other students and enjoy “filling in” if needed. One-on-one is a relaxed and fun way to learn- and to make a friend! (While on vacation, I sent a postcard to my SMART reader – a real highlight for both of us!!! ) Our SMART coordinator is wonderful. She is helpful, fun and encourages and praises every child. I am proud to participate and look forward to a new year and new faces!