Do you love to read? Did your parents read to you as a child? Now, imagine if they hadn't, if you'd never seen a book before you entered elementary school. Stories about children with that experience got me to volunteer for SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)
more than a decade ago. I wrote about my experience
a few years later.
Reading is a child's gateway to learning. Right now, in Oregon alone, 34 percent of third-graders do not meeting state reading standards, making it more likely they will drop out of high school, be unemployed, and even incarcerated.
You can help. SMART
needs hundreds more volunteers for the program which starts next month. (And if you live elsewhere, contact your local schools to find what programs are offered in your area.)
For a minimal investment of an hour a week, you can have a profound impact on two children's future.