After years of volunteering in our childrens’ classrooms, when our youngest entered 8th grade, I knew it was time for me to move on, too. So I went back to the beginning–reading with young students. This fall will be my 10th year of reading at the same school. I love the weekly time spent with enthusiastic readers. Two years ago, while reading with a first grade boy, he suddenly realized he could read the words I was reading to him. He had me go back to the beginning of the book. I read aloud, while running my finger below the words. He would read the words he knew and I would read the others. He was so excited!! It gave me chills to watch his excitement. On our way back to his classroom, he announced to each staff member we passed that he could now read. That’s what being a SMART volunteer is all about! If children cannot read, they cannot tackle any other subject in school–history, math, geography, science. I love helping instill the love of reading with children.