Portland, February 8th, 2013. The SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) gala at the Portland Art Museum drew nearly 500 people and raised $360,000 for the nonprofit. Kristin Apana, a performer from the Hawaii Club of Pacific University, entertained supporters with with a traditional Tahitian dance. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus) The theme was the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are.
SMART’s mission is to engage community volunteers to read one-on-one with PreK-3rd grade children who need literacy support. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep and read with their families. Today, we are committed to achieving our vision of an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed. SMART is currently in 246 schools and Headstart programs throughout Oregon. Since 1991, SMART has served more than 152,000 Oregon children, and given away more than 2 million books.