I have been a SMART volunteer for many years. I became great friends with one of my first readers and his family when he was seven years old, until he was about eleven or twelve. Then, through many moves and different schools, we lost contact with each other. A few years passed and I received a telephone call asking if I remembered him, and of course I did. It was so thrilling to hear his voice, as I had thought and wondered about him for such a long time. He was calling to invite us to his high school graduation.
This boy was from a very dysfunctional family – I was so proud of this accomplishment with all the adverse things that had happened in his life. We always were touched by his wanted us to represent him on Grandparents Day. One of his teachers, who was adopted, once said to me, “you have no idea how important it is for these children to have some association with a person that is a steady and consistent influence for them”.
Thanks to SMART, I have this wonderful memory of a very special boy. It was such a satisfying experience to be involved in his life through the SMART program – it truly makes a difference.