February 2012 Newsletter

Newsletter • February 2012
The Shadow Project


Court’s Kids is so incredibly proud of all of the students participating in The Shadow Project program. We salute you and hope you are proud of yourselves… you should be!

— Kiki Grant, Founder,
Court’s Kids

shadow book Mascot Shadow helps kids love books! Special education students have earned more than 15,000 books through The Shadow Project.

Post Office Girls Capitol Hill students in The Shadow Project give back.

Bonnie and Diana dyslexia conference The Shadow Project’s Bonnie Gilchrist and board member Diana Sticker at the International Dyslexia Association’s Oregon Conference

gloves Help us provide supplies for students.


Shadow Project inspires me to come to the Learning Center to learn more. I like working hard.” Sincerely, Nico, 4th grade

Calling all Book Lovers! Volunteers Needed
Court’s Kids, a generous contributor to The Shadow Project, will hold its annual book-sorting event 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 and has asked us to provide volunteers. Court’s Kids is named for Courtney Bunfill, who was close to completing her degree in Special Education when she died in a tragic accident. Her sister Kiki Grant founded Court’s Kids to fulfill Courtney’s dream of helping children with special needs. Volunteers will sort and pack books for The Shadow Project and other organizations and schools. Enjoy pizza and cupcakes to celebrate what would have been Courtney’s 32nd birthday. Please R.S.V.P. ASAP to Samantha@shadow-project.org.

Shadow Students Give Back
Students at Capitol Hill Elementary School who participate in The Shadow Project set up their own post office – and plan to donate 100% of the proceeds to our program! The student run post office, which runs for two weeks each February, had students lining the hallway two-deep on Valentine’s Day to buy student-made postcards, letters, stamps and recycled crayons to give to friends, family and teachers. The youngsters selected The Shadow Project as the lucky recipient of their efforts because, as student Sean put it, “Shadow Project is fun. It helps me learn.”

Special education teacher Colleen Digiovanna, who oversees the post office with speech-language pathologist Radha Szenasy says activity “motivates students to write letters and teaches them real-life lessons about money, customer service, and working together as a team.” Thank you, Capitol Hill students for supporting The Shadow Project!

Shadow Story Shared at Dyslexia Conference
Nearly 200 professionals that work with children with learning challenges attended the Oregon conference of the International Dyslexia Association last weekend. Featured speaker Dr. Eric Tridas, President of the International Dyslexia Association, gave a fascinating presentation on the executive functions of the brain and how they impact children with conditions such as dyslexia, ADHD and autism. Attendees visited the Shadow Project table and Shadow Executive Director Christy Scattarella spoke during the lunch break, sharing how our program partners with teachers to help children with learning challenges succeed in school.

The Kindness of Strangers
“You don’t have THAT many children!” a man joked to The Shadow Project’s Program Manager Sam Karustis as he stared at the mountain of 300 pairs of gloves on the check-out counter at Fred Meyer. “Who are all these for?” Sam explained about The Shadow Project’s 1,350 students who struggle each day with learning challenges, and how these kids celebrate their milestones by earning reinforcers such as books, school supplies – and yes, even warm gloves. The man, who introduced himself as Richard took $40 from his wallet and handed it to Sam. “Thank you for helping those children,” he said. “My son has learning challenges too. Thanks for the work you do.” Then he gave Sam a hug and walked away. Find out how your gift can go toward student supplies.

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