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Karin Michaelson, Benton County

I have been seeking a position in my field of study since December 2009. Being rejected hundreds of times is disheartening to say the least, and it has taken me over two years to move forward, however, Viktor E. Frankl stated, “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Once I changed my attitude and shifted my perspective, I found SMART! I am working with intelligent people who love books! What a dream come true! No matter, the lack of monetary gain, it’s the pleasure of working with kind and loving people who have helped me regain my confidence and sense of pride.
Working with Nancy, Claire and Becky with SMART at Lincoln School in Corvallis, gives me pure joy. The children that I see reading and being read to, give me hope for their future and mine.
Thank-you SMART, for giving me a place where I feel valued as a volunteer, and a contributor once again to society.

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