Keith started volunteering for SMART because he wanted to do something to help the community, particularly in a way that helps children succeed. As his wife is a retired teacher, volunteering as a reading mentor seemed like a natural fit. He has been a SMART reader at Echo Shaw elementary school since 1999.
For Keith, a big part of the fun of SMART is seeing the “light go on” when children see improvement in themselves. He enjoys helping withdrawn students come out of their shells. Keith noted that many children are in need of a dependable adult in their lives. He believes that he has made an impact as a mentor when he sees his SMART students begin to relax and trust him.