I have been volunteering for SMART for about 13 years. I started it because I really missed reading to my daughter. I like using different voices and enjoy getting quite animated when I read. I know the kids really enjoy it, but I believe I get as much enjoyment out of it as they do. Just like the kids, I look forward to it every week.
I work a stressful job. I love when I leave work and go straight to the school to read to the kids. I love walking into the school and smelling the cafeteria lunches. I love the whole environment. It is just wonderful. It plain and simple does my heart good.
I do not live in the area, but am still very involved with the school I read at. I come to a variety of events at the school, such as the read-a-thons, the book fairs and author’s night. SMART has not only made a difference for the school, but for the whole community.
I absolutely love the SMART program. I miss it when it is not available in the summertime. I know the children get a lot out of it, but so do I. It is very special to me, and I will continue to read at the school until they no longer have SMART.