In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve developed several virtual programming options:
The closest option to our traditional in-person model, Virtual SMART is a personalized reading experience that connects one student with two volunteers for weekly reading sessions on Zoom or Google Meet. Students and volunteers access our Virtual Storyroom where they can select from digital books in our curated collection to read together.
In order to provide reading support to as many kids as possible in the 2021-22 school year, we will offer our Classroom Read-Aloud model pairing a volunteer with a classroom for regular group read-alouds using a virtual meeting platform.
The relationships that form between SMART Reading students and their volunteers are one of the most valuable aspects of our work. Our Pen Pal program connects kids and volunteers to exchange letters about what they are reading, providing students an enriching opportunity to practice their reading and writing skills, discover what they love to read, and collaborate using technology.