Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What I loved about the SMART Summer Program...

We wrapped up an amazing 6-week summer program, and we couldn't be more proud of our hard-working rising 5th and 6th grade students.

Here are some highlights from the summer, in the students' own words.

"Summer was very fun! If it wasn't for SMART, I don't know how I would get these amazing chances."

"SMART gave me a chance to be noticed."

"I loved learning about snakes and lizards at the Academy of Sciences."

"Can we have more math games next year?"

"I liked helping other kids understand things they don't understand."

"I know I have made tons of BFFS and friends this summer."

"I loved 'give me five' because I will use it thorughout my entire life."

"I loved math and learning new things about math!"

"The summer program will help me on my way to college and got me ready for 6th grade."

"The newspaper elective was great because I've never done a whole page by myself before."

"My teachers were great because they taught a lot of things to us."

"I would like the field trips to go places that are barely known, like the Federal Reserve Bank."

"The most memorable activity was making the murals because I like art and being creative."

"Doing essays was a lot of work, but I'm glad that I learned how to write better."

Friday, May 20, 2011


Click on the image to see our new video!

Special Thanks
Maggie Alexandridis, Videographer Extraordinaire

Rick Teed and Butch Haze

Thursday, February 24, 2011

3rd Annual Socially SMART Fundraiser

Volunteer Advisory Board and SMART Staff hosted our 3rd annual Socially SMART fundraiser on Wednesday Feb 23rd where we raised a record breaking $2970 in one evening!!! This event focuses on cultivating our volunteer community and their friends, and we're so grateful for everyone who brought energized and excited people wanting to support SMART and our scholars.

We would like to give a very special thanks to Ashley Barber and Sarah Linderman, two stellar volunteers who are not only dedicated tutor and mentor for Rocio (6th grade, Live Oak School) and Melissa (6th grade, San Francisco School) respectively, took extra time out of their busy schedules to help make this event a HUGE success. We'd also like to thank Dine for Change and Azul Lounge for hosting us as well as SMART Board, staff, volunteers, and local vendors for donating some amazing prizes for our raffle.

If you were unable to make it this year, we hope to see you at this exciting event next year!

SMART featured on 7Live

On Monday, SMART was featured on 7Live on ABC7, moderated by Brian Copeland. High school students Stacy, Nina, Cindy, Arlinda, Dina and Lily participated as audience members, and although they were not called - had great and insightful things to share with us about the topics of the day. Check out the full episode here:

We were also given a tour of the studio after the taping and took some fun photos in the process.