SMART Reading

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To spark joy and opportunity through the magic of a shared book.

Bottom Line for Portland

For thirty years, SMART Reading has provided two key elements of literacy success: shared reading time and access to books. With students facing missed learning due to the pandemic, ensuring that kids have the support they need to become strong, confident readers is more important than ever. In the 2021-22 school year, SMART Reading will reach 11,000 students with virtual reading support and give away more than 140,000 new books. 


“Some schools may look at SMART Reading as a supportive program, but it's times like these when SMART Reading becomes an ESSENTIAL program." - Debbie Armendariz, Peninsula Elementary School Principal, Portland

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As an early literacy program focused on helping children succeed, advancing equity and inclusion is inextricably tied to our ability to fulfill our mission. We’re committed to changing the story when it comes to the education gap and other inequities kids face by ensuring all children in SMART Reading have access to books that reflect their culture, experiences, and identity, and have a positive, culturally-affirming experience with reading.


The first 60 donors of $120 or more will receive a $20 gift card to World Foods, a family-owned specialty market in Portland bringing to life a passion for the best foods from near and far. 

A longtime SMARTie is generously matching the first $10,000 in Give!Guide donations to SMART Reading.

Business Partner(s)

World Foods is a family-owned, specialty market offering diverse products and a warm, inclusive gathering place for the community. Through volunteerism on the SMART Reading Associate Board and providing in-kind donations of food and beverage for our events, the World Foods team supports SMART's mission to spark joy and opportunity through the magic of a shared book. As our G!G partner, they will provide the first 60 donors of $120 or more a $20 gift card.

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Year Founded: 1992

Tax ID: 931051724

SMART Reading is in the Education category which is sponsored by Bank of America

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