Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney and Jefferson Counties

The SMART Reading Central Area team implements SMART Reading programs, and raises funds to support SMART Reading in Central Oregon. In the 2021-22 school year, we served 1,194 PreK through third-grade students and gave away 15,690 books. We are focused on recruiting more volunteers and establishing strong financial support among our communities to ensure we can continue this important work of empowering local children through reading.

Click here to read SMART Reading Central’s Year-end Report.

Click here to read SMART Reading Central’s Local Newsletter.

Local Staff:

Jennifer Zardinejad Area Manager

Jennifer Zardinejad
Area Director

Amy Luther Program Manager


Volunteer Opportunities:

Click here for more information on volunteering with SMART Reading. For a list of sites we serve in the Central area, click here, or call 541-797-7726.

Partners:

SMART Reading partners with local businesses, foundations and organizations that support SMART Reading through financial contributions and employee volunteerism. For a list of our Central Area business, foundation and organization partners, click here ›.

Leadership Councils:

SMART Reading Leadership Councils are groups of individuals who help SMART Reading flourish in our local communities through fundraising and recruitment.  Thank you to our Central Area Leadership Council members:

  • Kimberly Barrett – Snap Fitness & Silver Moon Brewing
  • Elie Gaines – All Schools Consulting
  • Harriet Langmas* – Community Member
  • Jim Linker – Umpqua Bank
  • Jane Teater – Retired Educator and Member of the SMART Reading Statewide Board of Directors
  • Erin van der Velde – Tetherow Resort

*Emeritus member

Events

SMART Sip in Central Oregon2/23/2023

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