An organization I care about, SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), is launching a statewide campaign to recruit 1,550 new volunteers by Nov. 1 in order to meet their goal of providing over 11,300 children this year with one-on-one reading support and books to keep and build their personal libraries.
SMART Readers spend an hour each week during the school year reading one-on-one with PreK through third-grade children and helping to foster a love of reading through fun, child-guided reading sessions. If you have just one hour per week to volunteer, SMART is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local students. I especially encourage readers of color to volunteer. With your support, I know that SMART can exceed its goal! Here are three ways you can help:
Volunteer! Consider joining SMART as a Reader. Sign up for SMART online or call 877-598-4633 to learn more.
Tell your friends, families, and colleagues. Personalize this email message and forward it to folks in your networks.
Get social! Post about our need for Readers on social media.
I’ve been a SMART reader for 4 years in the kindergarten program at King Elementary School. It’s been fun to spend time reading with the kids and watch their skills improve. Please join me in volunteering with this very worthwhile program.