September Newsletter

Newsletter • September 2011

The Shadow Project

80%of students in The Shadow Project have a positive attitude toward school, compared to 47% prior to our program, according to the 2011 Teacher Survey on Student Impact. Read more about student outcomes.


Look for us in the Willamette Week Give!Guide, which will be published in November.
More information coming in our next newsletter.


Special education teacher Shannon Cooper volunteers at the New Seasons Barbecue

Back to School
We kicked off the new school year with our annual Teacher Orientation, a time for special education teachers to share their powerful strategies for using The Shadow Project to engage struggling students. Teachers also “shopped” at our warehouse for books, school supplies and other educational incentives to help their students achieve goals. This year, The Shadow Project will serve more than 1,200 students in 29 schools.
Teachers shopping Teacher shops Shadow shelves
Teachers “shop” at the Shadow warehouse for books, school supplies and more!

Kids Letter Teacher shops Shadow shelves
Read more about kids discovering the joy of reading.

Teachers Making a Difference
Jolene Heinrich Jolene Heinrich helps her 50 students turn “I can’t” into “I can!” A special education teacher at Grandhaven Elementary
in McMinnville, Jolene says The Shadow Project helps her kids become enthusiastic readers. Last year 75% of her students met or exceeded benchmarks for reading! They’re proud of their accomplishments and invite kids from their mainstream classroom to see just how fun a special ed class can be. A member of The Shadow Project’s giving club, “Friends of Shadow”, Jolene says, “I give because Shadow makes such a powerful difference in my students’ lives.” Grandhaven PTA is also a Friend of Shadow!

New Seasons Barbecue & School Supply Drives Support our Kids

A big thank you to our generous donors:

The Raleigh Hills New Seasons held a Benefit Barbecue for The Shadow Project last month, raising $1,013 to help students with special needs succeed in school.

For the second year in a row, The Oregon Public Health Employees chose The Shadow Project as the beneficiary of its annual school supply drive. “These are hard times, but our people really want to support this program,” said coordinator Tamara Burkovskaia.

And our old friend, the Newcomers Club of Lake Oswego and West Linn was back with another school supply drive on our behalf.

Don’t forget…when you become a Friend of Shadow, your donation doubles.

A generous grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation matches every new donation of $100 or more dollar for dollar.  Click here to go to our donation page. 

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The Shadow Project
6663 S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy #108
Portland, Oregon 97225 USA
Toll free: 1-888-747-0005

The Boy Who Learned Upside Down

Written by Christy Scattarella
Illustrated by Winky Wheeler

Black Heron Press, 2014

Available at and Proceeds benefit children with learning challenges in The Shadow Project.

The Boy Who Learned Upside DownRed correction marks cover his book report like chickenpox. Letters turn cartwheels across the page when he tries to read. No wonder Alex is ready to give up! But with help from his special education teacher and his loyal dog Shadow, Alex changes his mind about school—and himself.

The Boy Who Learned Upside Down is based on the true story of one child’s courageous journey to success in the classroom. The story has inspired many other youngsters and led to the creation of The Shadow Project.

With humor and empathy, Boy offers hope to any struggling student who has wondered, “What’s wrong with me?” and reminds us all to celebrate the differences that make us unique.

Rated five stars by KART Kids Book Reviews!

“I love it! This book is easy for me to recommend to young readers and teachers. We desperately need more books about this subject, especially ones that are so captivating and well-written.”
– Brianne Williams, Children’s Librarian

“This exciting, real-life story of a boy’s brave journey of determination is sure to interest and inspire any child who experiences difficulty with reading. The Boy Who Learned Upside Down is also a good book for siblings and classmates of reading-challenged children, as it graphically describes what it’s like to overcome obstacles when learning to read and to spell.”