October Newsletter

Newsletter • October 2011
The Shadow Project

72%of students in The Shadow Project persevere rather than giving up when encountering an obstacle, compared to just 38% prior to being involved in the program. – 2011 Teacher Survey on Student Impact. Read more about student outcomes.

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"My son used to say, 'I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.' Now he says, 'Look what I can do!'" — Parent


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"I'm getting better at reading. To get much better I'm going to read wherever I go."
–Erin, 3rd grade

Shadow Project founder receives Portland's 2011 "Making a Difference" Award in Education.

Commissioner Fritz and Scattarella
Commissioner Fritz awards Shadow founder Scattarella

Commissioner Amanda Fritz presented the award to Christy Scattarella Oct. 20 at Connecting Communities, an event that attracted over 500 people to celebrate the strength and diversity of persons with disabilities. In accepting her award, Christy, who is also the organization's executive director, shared The Shadow Project vision "for all children with learning challenges to recognize themselves as courageous, capable and able to learn." The Making a Difference awards recognize individuals and organizations that go "above and beyond to make Portland more inclusive for people with disabilities".

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We’re proud to be selected as one of 100 Portland nonprofits that will benefit from this amazing community fundraiser that brought in more than $1 million for local charities last year. This is a great opportunity to help our kids while earning prizes for yourself! Donate starting November 9. Give $100 or more to The Shadow Project and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation will match your donation dollar-for-dollar. Please help us get the word out on Facebook and Twitter.

Interested in Sponsoring a School?
We are inviting local businesses and organizations to make a profound difference for children in their own back yards — by sponsoring The Shadow Project in their community school. Just imagine the difference you can make in the lives of Shadow Project kids. Here is a list of the schools we serve. Contact us to learn how you can get involved.

CREW selects Shadow Project for 2012.
Commercial Real Estate Women of Portland has chosen The Shadow Project as the beneficiary of its charitable activities in 2012. CREW is a 115-member organization comprised of women in all factions of the industry. The Shadow Project is honored to be selected and we look forward to working with CREW. 

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

City of Portland Honors Shadow Project Founder

City of Portland Honors Shadow Project Founder

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Portland, OR Oct. 23, 2011– Christy Scattarella, Founder and Executive Director of The Shadow Project, has received the City of Portland’s 2011 “Making a Difference” Award in Education.

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz made the presentation October 20 at Connecting Communities, an event attended by more than 500 people celebrating the strengths and diversity of all persons with disabilities. Christy was recognized for creating and leading a program that partners with teachers to help children with special needs become confident, engaged learners and turn “I can’t” into “I can!” The Shadow Project also builds school-wide appreciation for children who learn differently.

The Shadow Project vision is for all children with learning challenges to be recognized as courageous, capable and able to learn.

In 2008 Christy received the Oregon Education Association’s highest statewide honor, “Education Citizen of the Year,” and was chosen as one of Nabisco’s “100 Extraordinary Women” for her work to improve educational opportunities for children with learning challenges.

Christy’s work was inspired by her son, Alex and named for his dog, Shadow. Launched with just 40 students, today the program serves more than 1,300 children annually in 29 schools in Portland, Yamhill County, Hillsboro and Springfield. Alex is now a senior in college.


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Bonnie Gilchrist