My first year of SMART volunteering has been so immediately rewarding. I was assigned to read with a very, very shy 2nd grader who actually was an excellent reader. She needed a boost in self-esteem, I suppose. After a few months of reading together with lots of space between us, I approached the school yard one day and saw her standing by the front door. With wide open arms, she smiled up at me, waiting for a hug. Still shy, that hug let me know we had a trusting friendship. I’ll remember her always.