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Pennie Burns, Hood River County

I moved to Oregon from San Diego, Calif. about three years ago. Soon after I began to hear about the SMART program and it really captured my interest.

I was a high school teacher for 35 years in San Diego County, and I know about the effects of poor reading ability and low interest in reading. This problem hinders learning in almost every school subject and I am sure is responsible for many dropouts at the high-school level. I wanted to get involved in doing something for younger students that can have long-range positive outcomes. In my very first year I noticed amazing progress in the boys I worked with. It feels good to continue to help with the education of young people!

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