Our mission: To spark joy and opportunity through the magic of a shared book.
Our vision: An Oregon where all children can realize their full potential through reading.
At SMART Reading, we hold to one simple truth: Reading matters. It’s an early gateway skill that paves the pathway for future success. Without it, kids are simply less likely to graduate high school, find employment, or successfully avoid other hardships like poverty, homelessness, hunger, and injustice.
Since 1992, SMART Reading has been pairing adult volunteers with children to provide reading support and books to keep. SMART Reading volunteers read one-on-one with students weekly during the school year, modeling a love of reading and building children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-guided environment.
We are currently serving 5 schools in the McMinnville School District and more than 250 children are taking home two brand new books each month.