Restaurants help reading program

Nine Rogue Valley restaurants have pledged to donate a portion of their proceeds from Wednesday, May 15, to the Rogue Valley SMART program.

Participating Medford restaurants are Asian Grill, 1200 Biddle Road in the Blue Sky Plaza; Bambu, 970 N. Phoenix Road; and Wild River Brewing & Pizza, 2684 N. Pacific Highway.

Other participants include Greenleaf Restaurant, 49 N. Main St., Ashland; The Palms Cafe, 501 S. Front St., Central Point; Baci's Pizza, 510 E. Main St., Rogue River; The Grotto, 302 E. Main St., Talent; and Wild River Brewing & Pizza at 595 N.E. E St., Grants Pass and 249 N. Redwood Highway, Cave Junction.

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) matches volunteer readers with students in kindergarten through third grade. In the current school year, more than 600 Rogue Valley volunteers have read with about 1,000 local students.

For more information on SMART, call 541-734-5628 or see

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