SMART will always be important to me! Early in 2000, the program became a reality in Tillamook County. Our school (Nestucca Valley Elementary) began with a pilot program that Spring. When I retired from teaching 1st grade that Summer, I had already wholeheartedly and enthusiastically agreed to be a volunteer coordinator there. The next four years as a coordinator brought many joys! Our community’s volunteer readers came out in force when asked, and all the teachers cooperated to the fullest. When watching students interact with the volunteers, it was very apparent that most of them loved the attention and were influenced by their volunteer’s enthusiasm for books and reading. I have continued as a volunteer reader since 2000, because the program works!