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Access to Books

Each addition to a home library helps children get a little further in school. SMART students choose two books per month to take home and keep, helping them build their personal libraries and become lifelong readers.

Children with access to 25 books at home will, on average, complete two more years of school than children from homes without any books at all.

Stat Sources: Jim Lindsay. Children’s Access to Print Materials and Education-Related Outcomes: Findings from a Meta-Analytic Review. Learning Point Associates & reading is Fundamental, 2010.

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Reading Time

SMART students participate in one-on-one, high-interest, child-guided reading experiences with a trained volunteer.

Kids 4-5 years old gain six months of reading ability simply by being read to three to five times per week.

Stat Source: Proof of benefits of reading to children, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2013.

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Cultural Affirmation

SMART emphasizes providing culturally relevant books that mirror students’ identities and provide windows into other people, backgrounds and cultures.

This is particularly important for children of color, because only 13% of children’s books are written by or about people of color, yet reading materials that reflect children’s sociocultural experiences are proven to increase reading comprehension and language skills.

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Enjoyment

The logic is simple: when kids think reading is fun, they want to do it! SMART students choose the books that are interesting to them.

When asked which book they enjoyed most, 80% of students said that the most interesting book they had read that week was one they chose themselves.

Stat Source: Gambrell, L.B. (1996). Creating classroom cultures that foster reading motivation. The Reading Teacher, 50.

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Motivation

Reading motivation is linked with more time spent reading, increased reading comprehension, and self-confidence.

75%of SMART students improved toward reading motivation benchmarks after participating in the SMART program.

Stat Source: SMART Student Milestones, 2016

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Positive Outcomes

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An Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed.

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