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SMART program needs readers at Westside

December 14, 2005

Westside Elementary starts its SMART program on Jan. 23.

SMART stands for Start Making A Reader Today. SMART is an all-volunteer, independent program that connects readers in kindergarten through grade 3 with volunteers who read to, or with, the child to foster a love of reading and improve overall learning abilities.

Volunteer readers and substitutes are needed at Westside on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Contact coordinator Debbie Dorich at 387-2947 or 386-1535, ext. 4755 or e-mail her at:

ddorich@hoodriver.k12.or.us

SMART programs are in operation in all other Hood River County School District elementary schools. More than 150 students are now being served.

With SMART now at Westside, Hood River County is the first school district to have SMART at all its elementary schools, according to state SMART officials.

If you can help at any other school, call a SMART coordinator: Kym Zanmiller at May Street; Susie Wells at Pine Grove; Jean Kikel at Parkdale; Linda McMahan at Mid-Valley; and Anne Holmstrom at Cascade Locks. The program has existed at Parkdale, Mid Valley and Cascade Locks since 2001, and expanded to the rest of the district in the 2005-06 school year. For details on how to support SMART, contact Local Committee chairman Kirby Neumann-Rea at 386-1234 or 387-3117. Funding is all locally based, and is used to pay for coordinators and to purchase new books. In SMART, all students get to keep two new books each month.

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