by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, whose district spans east Multnomah County, reads with Montrell Wilson at Lynch View Elementary during SMARTs Reading Matters event Friday, May 2.

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) celebrated its statewide campaign Reading Matters with an event at Lynch View Elementary on Friday, May 2.

A small group of community leaders and elected officials joined SMART’s executive director, Chris Otis, and Lynch View’s principal, Jim Mangan, to learn about SMART and to read one-on-one with SMART students.

Attendees included state Rep. Jules Bailey, Multnomah County Commissioners Diane McKeel and Loretta Smith, state Sen. Richard Devlin, state Rep. Michael Dembrow and SMART Board Members Terri Browning and Michele Daterman.

In his remarks, Mangan shared several quotes he’d gathered from students about why they like being in the SMART program:

“I say SMART gives us more ideas about what happens in a story,” one student said.

Added another, “When I was stuck on a word, they helped me and now I’m an awesome reader.”

Another said, “SMART helps me read, and helps me encourage myself to read more fluently.”

Lynch View Elementary is part of the Centennial School CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Savannah Kane proudly fills in her name in the book she selected to take home and keep at the event. SMART students receive 14 books each year to keep to inspire reading at home.

Contract Publishing

Go to top
Template by JoomlaShine