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 Reading program. I remember being so excited to get out of class and go read with my mentor and go on mini adventures in my head while reading books like Green Eggs and Ham, Corduroy, The Berenstain Bears, Junie B. Jones, and all the TreeHouse books. The Goosebumps series. Reading has made my life soooo much easier because it helps me escape when I want and the skill gives me clarity on what needs to be done in everyday life. I was also a mentor in the SMART Program at Humbolt Elementary throught POIC/Rosemary Anderson High School. I enjoyed reading to the little ones!