Reed named a top volunteer
The dedication of Reed students who volunteer with SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) has resulted in recognition as one of the nonprofit reading assistance program’s Top Volunteer Sponsors for the 2003–04 school year. In receiving the honor, Reed joins a list of well-known organizations that includes Nike, PacifiCorp, and the Oregonian.
Between 25 and 40 students serve as volunteer SMART readers through Reed’s SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service) program by traveling to schools throughout the Portland area to assist efforts in reading and to inspire a love of books in young students.
“It’s not just teaching kids to read,” says Louis Cohen, coordinator of SEEDS. “It’s ensuring a positive experience with reading that matters most.”
Reed’s volunteer readers agree. “The kids very much enjoy their time and look forward to it each week,” says Niall P. O’Donoghue ’07. “It is great fun to read with the kids.”
Since its inception in 1991, SMART has had a profound effect in Oregon. The program’s great success has allowed for its expansion to 140 schools across the state. In its efforts, SMART targets underprivileged students who might not have received adequate exposure to books in their early childhood.