I have been involved with SMART since 2006. I have been a reader and a coordinator. I saw an ad in our local paper about the need for volunteers. I had just retired and moved to a new area. I was missing my grand kids and wanted to make some friends in my new community. I was so happy with how easy it was to get started! Being back in the school atmosphere and getting to know the kids has been a great experience. Watching the progress the kids make each year and seeing them grow keeps me coming back for more. It is such a small amount of time and the appreciation of the kids is huge. If you love kids and reading, I would urge you to give this program a try.