I rock. That’s what my first young SMART reader wrote on a drawing he gave me on our last day together. He drew a lovely picture of a rainbow with flowers everywhere and in huge letters he wrote “Thank you SMART reading buddy – you rock!” That drawing hangs on my wall at home so I can see it every day and remember that I do indeed “rock.” You see, I volunteered that year with SMART because I wasn’t feeling too great about myself and was told that if you are down just do something for someone else and you’ll find you feel much better about yourself and your life. I’m in my sixties, live alone with my cat, and never had children of my own, and so reading with elementary school children was a bit scary for me, but on day one these two wonderful little boys brought me out of my shell and somehow I miraculously seemed to draw them out, too. It was the best step I’ve taken in a long, long time, and I hope to continue taking steps through SMART for as long as I’m needed. After all, I rock!