MEDFORD, Ore. — Some at-risk kids in the Rogue Valley will have the opportunity to take home some new books. Newswatch 12, ABC, and First Book recognized the SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program and awarded 2500 books to the organization through the Be Inspired Campaign.
The program consists of over 700 volunteers dedicating time once a week to kids who may need extra attention in reading. The program serves kids from pre-school to third grade, and also offers books for kids to take home twice a month.
“What’s exciting about it is we usually purcharse our books from scholastic and we were able to get these books through ABC and first book so we got some new titles and we’ve brought them into our programs and the kids have just been really excited about it,” said SMART area manager, Julie Brimble.
The SMART program has already started to distribute those new books to over 1200 kids enrolled in 34 SMART programs in the Rogue Valley.
For information or to find out how to volunteer in the SMART program visit www.getsmartoregon.org.