The Impact of Our Work

Our Mission: To spark joy and opportunity through the magic of a shared book. Our Vision: An Oregon where all children can realize their full potential through reading…. Read More ›

Chapter 3: Randall Reflects On How SMART Reading Changed His Life

SMART Reading student, Randall, as an adult

To read the the first installment of Randall’s story, click here. For the second installment, click here.  Today, reflecting on his experience in SMART Reading, Randall credits the… Read More ›

Chapter 2: Randall Gets Positive Attention in SMART Reading

SMART Reading student, Randall, reads with volunteer.

To read the first installment in Randall’s story, click here.  After his volunteer would retrieve Randall from class, they’d walk together down the long hallway to the SMART… Read More ›

Chapter 1: Meet Randall

For Springfield second-grader, Randall, the classroom wasn’t a friendly place to be. His classmates teased and bullied him for being gay, and he looked for any opportunity to… Read More ›

Meet SMART Reading Alumna Annie Teav

SMART Reading Alumna Annie Teav

“I own this,” Annie Teav remembers thinking the first time she got to choose a book to keep from SMART Reading. It was one of the first books… Read More ›

Meet Principal Creighton Helms

Photo of Principal Creighton Helms

By Bija Gutoff, Writer & Editor Creighton Helms brings a sailor’s perspective, steady-eyed and focused on the horizon, to his post as principal of Gervais Elementary. Though he’s… Read More ›

Three SMART Generations

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As many who volunteer know, volunteering feeds the soul of the volunteer as much as those who are on the receiving end. At SMART, we hear time and… Read More ›

Why Reading at Home is Important