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Restaurants donate to SMART

Local report

Eight local restaurants have pledged a portion of their proceeds on Wednesday, May 18, to Rogue Valley SMART, which provides reading mentors in area pre-schools and elementary schools.

Participating restaurants are:

Medford — Bambu, 970 N. Phoenix Road; Wild River Brewing & Pizza, 2684 N. Pacific Highway.

Ashland — Greenleaf Restaurant , 49 N Main St.

Talent — The Grotto, 302 E Main St.

Rogue River — Baci’s Pizza & Pasta, 501 E Main St.

Grants Pass — Wild River Brewing & Pizza, 595 NE “E” St.; Wild River Pub, 533 NE “F” St.

Cave Junction — Wild River Brewing & Pizza, 249 N. Redwood Highway.

SMART matches adult volunteers with students in pre-school through third grade for weekly reading sessions and gives participating students two books to keep each month.