Give!Guide 2011

Portland Public Schools writes about The Shadow Project

Portland Public Schools features The Shadow Project in their News:

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Student advocacy group, founder earn recognition

November 28, 2011

Christy Scattarella, a former PPS parent, is the founder of Shadow Project.

Shadow Project, a local organization that supports students with special needs, and its founder have received recognition for making Portland “more inclusive for people with disabilities.”

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz awarded former PPS parent Christy Scattarella a “Making a Difference” award Oct. 20 for making Portland “more inclusive for people with disabilities.”

Scattarella is founder and executive director of the Shadow Project, which helps special education teachers in 20 PPS schools use incentives in their classrooms.

About 14 percent of PPS’ 47,288 students receive special education services.

“We’re a resource for teachers to help kids get confident and engaged in learning,” says Scattarella, whose son, a PPS graduate now in college, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The Shadow Project gives teachers rewards — books, clothing and toys — that they distribute to students as they earn points for good work and behavior.

The Shadow Project helps special education teachers use incentives including toys, books and clothes.

The organization also provides teachers with training and support.

“Students have a hard time accepting that a job well done is its own reward. A tangible reward is better,” says Lisa Lum, a special education teacher and Shadow Project participant at Sitton Elementary School.

Diann Drummond, a PPS employee who works with special education families, says that Scattarella and others driving the Shadow Project are valuable partners.

“These are savvy parents who have learned through their own experiences that providing rewards in the process of positive behavioral supports can really make a difference,” Drummond says.

She adds, “I think it’s super!”

Teacher Lisa Lum is a Shadow Project participant at Sitton Elementary School.

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Newsletter • November 2011
The Shadow Project

The Shadow Project:
More than 6,000 students served, 14,000 books distributed, 15,000 hours donated


"Shadow Project helps me with reading because I get more knowledge in my head.'" — Dreyona, age 9

cleo-mascot-shadow Shadow and friend Cleo


"The Shadow Project has been such a blessing to our students. This program has given my students hope, incentive to be great, and lets them know that they are worth everything!"
–Meagan Pak, teacher

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Help a child, earn a gift.
This season we're giving thanks to the Willamette Week Give!Guide, which does such an awesome job of promoting philanthropy in the community. This is the first time The Shadow Project was chosen to participate, and we have been so moved by your response and generosity. When you donate to The Shadow Project through the Give!Guide, you support our kids and earn prizes for yourself. Plus, when you donate $100 or more to The Shadow Project between now and December 31 the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation will match your donation dollar for dollar.

Mascot Shadow stars in new video.
Did you know that The Shadow Project was started because of a Portland boy with learning challenges and named after his dog? Check out our new 2-minute video and find out how you can help inspire a struggling student to learn.

Do you 'Like' Shadow?
You could win a $100 Trader Joe's Gift Card.

Spread the word about the amazing children served by The Shadow Project and their great special education teachers. Like us on Facebook, and you'll be entered to win a $100 Trader Joe's Gift Card (courtesy of a generous donor) or a Shadow gift basket with a Shadow mug, storybook, Powell's gift card and more! Already like us? You're already entered! Post, comment and follow us on Twitter.

Shadow Kids Support Each Other.
As they work toward academic and social goals, students in The Shadow Project earn reinforcers such as books and school supplies, as well as gifts for others. Teachers are always brimming with stories about how their students, the majority of whom have little materially, choose to 'spend' their earnings on a present for someone else –an act that builds their own self-worth. Meagan Pak, a special education teacher at Eastwood Elementary Hillsboro, wanted us to know about a 6th grade boy who turned over his hard-earned currency (aka Shadow Bucks) to a 2nd grader so he could "afford" the bracelet he wanted to give his mother. The older boy didn't even know the younger boy's name, and he told his teacher he didn't want to be thanked. "Just seeing him smile" was thanks enough, he said. Look for more news about student sharing in our December newsletter.

Groundbreaking Program Led by Social Venture Partners Portland Benefits Shadow.
Once again, we are indebted to the ever-innovative Social Venture Partners, a community of engaged philanthropists who are committed to investing in the long-term betterment of children, youth and families. Through SVP's leadership, Portland is one of the first cities in the nation offering Civic Ventures' Silicon Valley Encore Fellows Program which matches seasoned professionals in or near retirement with nonprofits to help them achieve strategic goals. SVP's Partner Fellows Program has matched Shadow with Bonnie Gilchrist, a marketing professional with more than 30 years experience. We are grateful to have her on board as our Director of Communications and Resources and for the many years of generous support from Social Venture Partners.

Thanks for Making A Difference!
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday we want to extend a special note of gratitude to these recent donors:

  • Safeco Insurance FoundationSafeco's Education Initiative to improve educational achievements and opportunities for disadvantaged youth awarded The Shadow Project a $13,000 year grant over two years.
  • Juan Young Trust awarded a $7,000 to support our replication efforts.
  • U.S. Bank awarded a $2,500 grant to support The Shadow Project in McMinnville schools.
  • The McMinnville Education Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant in conjunction with teacher Jolene Heinrich of Grandhaven Elementary, to support our program in McMinnville schools.

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6663 S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy #108
Portland, Oregon 97225 USA
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Win a $100 Trader Joe’s Gift Card in Time for the Holidays

And find out how to win even more prizes!

The Shadow Project teams with teachers to help more than 1,300 children in our community with special needs become confident, engaged learners. You can play a big role in their lives, too.

“Like” us on Facebook. It’s that easy. Like us by Dec. 6 and you’ll be entered to win one of two great prizes:

  • A $100 Trader Joe’s gift card (courtesy of a generous donor)
  • A Shadow reading basket including a Shadow mug, storybook, Powell’s gift card, cuddly blanket, cocoa and more!

The winner will be announced Dec. 8. (If you’ve already “liked” us, you’re automatically entered into our drawing. Please consider posting, commenting and following us on Twitter.

Win even MORE prizes by supporting Shadow through the Willamette Week Give!Guide! Give $100 or more to The Shadow Project and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation of Portland.

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City of Portland’s 2011 "Making a Difference" Award in Education

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