We were excited to launch our partnership with Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) this past Tuesday 3/21. SMART is an organization that works throughout the state and uses volunteer readers to provide literacy support for students in grades K-3.
Each Scholar Athlete reads with their SMART volunteer for 30 minutes per session and receives a book to take with them to start their own home library. There are currently 10 Scholar Athletes paired with SMART Readers and we are hoping to grow our program in the months to come.
Third grade reading level is widely considered to be a key indicator of future educational success and SMART is a key element in supporting our goal of having all of our scholar athletes reading at the 3rd grade level by 2020.