|Newsletter • November 2011|
The Shadow Project:
"Shadow Project helps me with reading because I get more knowledge in my head.'" — Dreyona, age 9
"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!"
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!