Two Non-Profits Receive Major Donations

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Two Douglas County non-profits are planning to expand after a major donation from Umpqua Bank Monday. The Family Development Center and Start Making a Reader Today are receiving more than $400,000 in grants from Umpqua Bank. The bank’s CEO announced two major grants that’ll help kids programs in Douglas County. The Family … Continue reading »

Interview: SMART Readers

EUGENE, Ore — An Oregon nonprofit is getting national recognition for helping to improve children’s reading skills. The Start Making A Reader Today, or SMART program, is the 2014 Recipient of the Library of Congress Literacy Award in the American Prize Category. Laure McNichols, SMART’s Lane County Assistant Manager, joined us live in the studio … Continue reading »

SMART Gets Library of Congress Award

EUGENE, Ore. — The Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program is this year’s recipient of a big award. The program was chosen from hundreds of applicants as the winner of the Library of Congress Literacy Award in the American Prize category. The honor comes with $50,000, which the program plans on using to support … Continue reading »

KEZI 9 News “Be Inspired” Campaign

Nothing is more critical to a child’s success in life than the ability to read.  Many children don’t have books of their own, making it hard for them to read, learn and succeed. KEZI 9 News and ABC are partnering with First Book, SMART, and the Cow Creek Tribe of Indians, to share the power … Continue reading »