|Newsletter • December 2011|
Thank you Shadow Project for helping me to raise my hand. – Raven, age 10
Project Secret Friend
Kids with learning differences are making a difference in our community. This month, we kicked off “Project Secret Friend”, through which Shadow students have the opportunity to help others – anonymously. This includes youngsters at (shhhh…it’s a secret!) Elementary, who worked together to brighten the holidays for children at a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Special education teacher Cheryl tells us her students pooled their hard-earned “Shadow Bucks” on books and gifts for the shelter’s children and felt tremendously empowered by helping others and not needing any thanks in return. Noah asked his teacher, “Can I use my Shadow Bucks to give more?” Breanna wanted to know, “Can I have a list of things people need?” and Hannah asked if she could “donate again tomorrow.” Project Secret Friend was inspired by an anonymous donor from Oregon Community Foundation whose generosity has had a tremendous impact on The Shadow Project.
You’re Making a Difference
Thank you for your generous contributions through the Willamette Week Give!Guide – over $13,000 to date, including matching funds. Because of caring people like you we are getting closer to the day when every child with learning challenges will recognize himself as courageous, capable and able to learn. And there’s still time to make a tax-deductible donation and earn prizes for yourself. Gifts of $100 or more will be matched dollar by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Go to Give Now and scroll down to Education.
Journey Through Scholastic Books
This month, Shadow Project staff and volunteers visited the Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse, combing the vast aisles for titles requested by our teachers and students, and leaving with five carts full of more than 1,000 books! A huge thanks to Scholastic staff members Traci and Dennis for their continuing outstanding service and enthusiastic support of young readers. If you’d like to join The Shadow Project on a future shopping trip to Scholastic, email us at Shadow@shadow-project.org.
Our Neighborhood Heroes
We are grateful to our newest school sponsors, who are helping to close the achievement gap for struggling students. The Horley Family of Portland, has become a Shadow Project Sponsor at Harrison Park School in Southeast Portland. Linda Hill of Portland is sponsoring Grandhaven Elementary in McMinnville. Sponsors receive special recognition from the school and connection to great volunteer opportunities.
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Dec. 27 Shadow Day on Give!Guide
Check out the Give!Guide blog on December 27 for The Shadow Project video featuring our canine mascot and the kids she loves.
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I am proud of myself because I'm doing better in class and staying focused. I used to have a hard time with my attitude but I'm doing better now. I'm 13 and I have done the Shadow Project since I was six. The Shadow Project is wonderful. I hope to be like you guys and help kids out someday. Sincerely, Fredy