Junior League of Portland Helps Make a Difference in the Lives of Shadow students

The Shadow Project & Junior League Team Up to Make a Difference in the Lives of Children with “Invisible” Disabilities

Portland, OR (October 19, 2012)–Oregon’s 74,000+ youngsters with learning differences are bright and capable, but last year, fewer than 1 in 2 graduated with their class. On Saturday, Oct. 20, The Shadow Project and the Portland Junior League are teaming up to help close the achievement gap for kids with “invisible” disabilities such as ADHD, dyslexia, autism and communications disorders.

Some 45 Junior League volunteers will spend the day at the Shadow warehouse located in Portland Public Schools (501 N. Dixon) creating school supplies “goody bags” and “Family Reading Kits” to transform reluctant readers into book lovers and raise awareness about this often stigmatized population.

The Shadow Project is an award-winning Portland nonprofit that supports special education teachers in 28 schools to help students become confident, engaged learners and turn “I can’t” into “I CAN!” Started by a Portland mom whose son has learning challenges, and named for his dog, the ‘Shadow’ Project has evolved from a mom’n’pup organization with 40 kids to one that has empowered more than 6,500 students to achieve goals and take pride in their accomplishments.

“It’s time we shatter the myth about children in special education,” says Shadow executive director and founder Christy Scattarella. “It shouldn’t be code for ‘There’s something wrong with you.’ These kids have tremendous potential. They can succeed in school and in life.”

This is the first year The Shadow Project has been selected by the Portland Junior League for its annual Community Action & Revitalization Event, a day of service to assist nonprofits in empowering local children.

The media is invited to attend CONTACT: Lena Teplitsky 971.258.2877

Location: Portland Public Schools Administration Building (Blanchard Education Service Center), 501 N. Dixon Ave. Portland, OR 97227


October 2012 Newsletter

October 2012 Newsletter


Newsletter • October 2012
The Shadow Project
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“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


Jr League Partner Event
Shadow Project reaches out to Junior League members at a JLP event


Flying Superhero
Neighborhood Heroes lift up their communities by providing crucial support for students as they overcome obstacles and realize their potential.


Help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 to empower students with learning
disabilities and turn “I can’t” into “I CAN!”. Incentives from Stumptown Coffee,
Bob’s Red Mill, Animalia Designs and Susan Goodwin Jewelry, just to name a
few! Stay tuned…the Give!Guide goes online and hits news stands NOV.7TH.

7 New Teachers, 3 New Schools in 2012-13

This fall, The Shadow Project welcomed seven new teachers to our program, three of them coming from new schools. Willow Grossen, Resource Center teacher at Mooberry Elementary, is new to The Shadow Project this year. “I’ve been hoping to get into The Shadow Project for five years,” she said. “I’m excited because I think having this resource will have a huge impact on my students.” Our new schools include Vestal K-8 in SE Portland, Duniway Middle School in McMinnville and Mooberry Elementary in Hillsboro. We are excited to expand our program to these dedicated educators and all of their students this year.


Upcoming Event: Junior League CAREs Day
On Saturday, October 20th, The Shadow Project will be hosting a group of 45 volunteers from the Junior League of Portland as part of the JLS CAREs (Community Action & Revitalization Event) program. We are THRILLED! Volunteers will sort books and organize educational learning incentives used to motivate 1,300 students to achieve goals and build habits for success. Since its founding in 1910, the Junior League of Portland has served the needs of the community while educating and developing civic leaders in the Portland area— over one hundred years dedicated to irreplaceable community programs and committed voluntarism. This event will provide a tremendous opportunity for Shadow Project teachers, board members and staff to broaden our community reach and come together to provide effective, life-changing services to the children, educators and families we serve.


Seeking Neighborhood Heroes
The Shadow Project invites you to make a profound difference for children in your community by sponsoring one of our 28 schools in Portland, McMinnville and Hillsboro. Your support empowers special education teachers to engage struggling students early and turn “I can’t” into “I CAN!” The vast majority of children in The Shadow Project come from low-income homes, and we provide our life-changing program to schools at no cost. Our goal is to find business and individual sponsors for all our schools, so that these promising youngsters can achieve their potential. More than 90 cents of every sponsorship dollar goes directly to the classroom. To find out how you or your business can become a “Neighborhood Hero” please contact Bonnie Gilchrist @ bonnie@shadow-project.org.


Like Shadow, Win Trader Joe’s Gift Card! October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Help spread the word about The Shadow Project and the importance of empowering students with learning challenges, and be entered into a drawing for some great prizes! Ellie, our Social Media Intern extraordinaire, posts updates on The Shadow Project and LD news to our Facebook and Twitter pages daily! Join in the conversation and share with your friends. “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter by Nov. 1 and you’ll be entered to win one of two great prizes:

  • A $100 Trader Joe’s gift card
  • A Shadow reading basket with a mug, book, cuddly blanket, cocoa and more!

You will be ENTERED AGAIN every time you re-post or re-tweet Shadow news. The winner will be announced Friday, Nov. 2.


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