I have been a SMART Reader for twelve years now. I started after retiring from work. My wife had been reading in SMART for two years and thought it would be a good idea for me. Over the years, I have seen firsthand how basic reading skills and the interest in reading are developed early in a child’s schooling. And, I’ve seen how children who are not proficient by the end of second grade start losing their interest in reading and slow in building their reading skills.
Many children start school without having much of an introduction to reading from their families. These are the kids we SMART readers are paired with during the kindergarten through 3rd grade years. My best memories are when I’ve worked with a child and seen significant (“huge” is not an over statement) progress in their interest and reading skills by the end of the school year. I intend to continue volunteering with SMART. For the commitment of an hour a week, why would anyone who is available during the school day say “no”??