This Saturday (5/16), SMART is hosting "The Longest Reading Session Ever"! SMART's first-ever Virtual Read-A-Thon! We will be hosting 12 hours of children's stories being read online by Oregonians from all over the state! (*Hint hint* You may even see me!) We all know that reading is fundamental to learning, future success, and is especially important right now as most kids are involved with distance learning due to COVID-19.
Reading has always been a fundamental part of my life. From PreK and learning how to read in English and Spanish all the way through completing my Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Spanish and working at my University's library as a work-study student, I have been so grateful that books have always been a fundamental part of my learning and have been made available to me throughout my formal education years.
Books also have a special place in my heart because I have so many memories and cherish so many children's books that my parents and other family members read with me when I was young. I specifically remember reading Amelia Bedelia in Spanish with my grandmother as she tutored me during the summer and taught me how to read and write in Spanish based on the Spanish picture books she found at our local library. I love that SMART prioritized having both high-interest books for students to read and keep, but also has books that mirror the lives of diverse children and families, as well as books to provide a window into other cultures, families, and lives of the characters in the books.
SMART reading is an organization that's working hard to continue the opportunity I have had all my life: giving kids access to books and making reading fun! I'm raising funds to help support SMART Reading during this read-A-Thon. SMART Reading aims to get books into the hands of kids all across the state of Oregon. If you feel so moved to make a donation, please do!