SMART Coordinator to leave elementary school to take position on school board

Dee Wettstein was honored for her longtime committment to the SMART program earlier this week, as staff said their good-bye's.
SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) coordinator for Cecil Sly Elementary School, Dee Wettstein is saying `good-bye' to SMART and `hello' to the Crook County School Board.
   Wettstein has been with the SMART program since its inception in the district more than five years ago and says she will miss her duties as coordinator for volunteer readers.
   Wettstein was elected to serve on the school district board and will start duties in that position soon.
   "I'm shifting gears and moving on to the school board, which I am really looking forward to. I am sad about leaving SMART, because everyone here is just like a family for me. But I won't be leaving the program entirely. I will come back and read as a volunteer reader next year. So, I'll still be involved as a volunteer."
   SMART recruits local businesses and organizations, as well as the community at large, to provide volunteers who read with two children one hour per week.
   These volunteers help disadvantaged children in kindergarten, first, second and third grade develop strong language and literacy skills. For more information call Christine Currie at 383-6466.