stories from the SMART community.

Over the past 20 years, the support of thousands of individuals, businesses and community partners has made it possible for us to provide vital support to Oregon’s children, building confidence in and inspiring a love of reading. As we think about SMART’s story and those who have played essential roles in our success, we also turn our focus to the stories of our volunteers, donors, partners and friends – your stories are ours.

We are encouraging anyone whose life has been touched by SMART to tell us your story. From a couple sentences to a few paragraphs, from formal to informal, from funny to sad to heartwarming – whatever your experience, we want to hear about it. Your story will be shared via this website, and may be used in materials throughout the course of our 20th anniversary year.

Need some inspiration? Read other’s stories ›

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  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, flv, mov, avi, mpeg4, mpeg, pdf, wav, aif, mp3.
    We accept photos, videos or sounds to help with your storytelling.
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    By submitting a story, the author is granting SMART full ownership and use of that story. Stories will be used in promotional efforts, including through as well as other communications. SMART reserves overall editorial license on stories submitted, however, we will not alter the author’s original voice and intent. Stories will be selected for publication based on SMART’s discretion.

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Thank you for joining us in celebrating 20 years of making readers!