Every new school year I look forward to meeting with the children in the SMART program. Not only do I enjoy reading with them, but I also like talking to each child and getting to know them as individuals. I want to encourage every one of them to express themselves in the best way that they can. I feel that if they can feel comfortable with their thoughts and words, they will become better listeners. Then, the idea of stories and books will make more sense to them as they begin to start reading for themselves. Sharing thoughts, words, and stories, with a book between a child and myself, is a very rewarding experience for both of us. I feel we will both always appreciate this unique and important time spent together. I know it can make life better for us all.