Story from:

Joe Galati, Principal at Chief Joseph Elementary, Multnomah County

SMART has been invaluable at Chief Joseph Elementary in North Portland for the past 15 years. In that time, the SMART Volunteers have provided a service that has been responsible for creating a love of reading for both our students and for our volunteers. The smiles on both the volunteer and the student are something to behold. We are grateful for this service because it continues to grow exponentially with volunteers, it creates fellowship between the student and the adult, and a special love for reading is a result. My story occurs each and everyday that the SMART volunteers walk through the front doors of our school. Like our students, the volunteers are also our special jewels of the North.

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