|Newsletter • June 2012|
“Shadow Project inspires me to raise my hand.”
–David, 3rd grade
Shadow Teacher Appreciation Gathering
Teachers, board members and advisory council members gathered at “Shadow’s House” June 14 to celebrate a great year of helping children with learning differences succeed in school. Special education teacher Janice Holstine of Marysville School, new to The Shadow Project through a grant from The NIKE Employee Grant Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation told the group her once reluctant writers are “asking for more journal-writing time”. Board members David Jackson aka Trailblazer “Dj O.G. ONE” and Ken Moore led the board in some fancy dance moves. Blazer Dancers, eat your hearts out! Thank you to Maurice Fain of Firewines.com for the fabulous beverages. See more photos on Facebook.
Liberty Mutual Volunteer Day
Students in The Shadow Project will be off to a great start at school this fall, thanks to Liberty Mutual employees. As part of the company’s 100th anniversary, employees around the country spent June 21 and 22 helping nonprofits, including Shadow. Our enthusiastic group worked at the Shadow warehouse, sorting children’s books, packaging school-supply goody-bags and re-stocking shelves. A huge thanks to Liberty team leader Evan and the dedicated crew: Danielle, Michelle, Tom, Meagan, Heather, Lorelei and Matthew, a long-time Shadow supporter who says that he has a strong desire to “make an impact on kids’ lives and see them succeed”. See more photos on Facebook.
Making a Difference
A huge thank-you to our latest corporate and foundation donors: The Reser Family Foundation awarded The Shadow Project a $10,000 to support capacity building. The Jackson Family Foundation provided a grant of $1,500 for program support. These foundations are help 1,300 promising students to thrive and school and support the teachers who bring out their potential.
News from the Shadow Team
We are sad to say goodbye to our Program Manager Sam Karustis, who has strengthened our program for teachers and students this past year and whose warmth and passion for this work radiated to everyone who knew her. We wish Sam and her family the best of luck as they take up residence in Boston. We’ll miss you, Sam!
Please join us in welcoming Lena Teplitsky, who joins us as The Shadow Project’s first Assistant Director. Lena comes to us with eight years experience in social services and education, most recently from the SUN Schools Program at Bridger and Harrison Park (both Shadow Project schools!) where she managed after-school programs for children and families, ran community events and supervised volunteers. A Fulbright scholar, Lena will manage the Shadow program and administration.
City of Portland's 2011 "Making a Difference" Award in Education