Safeco Insurance Foundation awards Shadow $18,000 two-year grant.

Safeco Insurance Foundation awards Shadow $18,000 two-year grant.

The Shadow Project has received an $18,000 grant from the Safeco Insurance Foundation through their Education Initiative. This two-year grant provides operating support to help Shadow improve educational outcomes for children with learning challenges.

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Title: The Shadow Project receives $18,000 grant from Safeco Insurance Foundation to help improve educational achievements for at risk youth in Oregon

August 14, 2013

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The Shadow Project has received an $18,000 grant from the Safeco Insurance Foundation to further its support of Oregon children with learning-related disabilities. Safeco’s new two-year grant provides operating support to help Shadow improve educational outcomes for children at the highest risk of failing in school.

Children in special education represent one of Oregon’s largest at-risk populations, prone to disengaging from learning and failing in school. The Shadow Project is responding to help these struggling students whose barriers to learning include ADHD, dyslexia, autism, and communication disorders. Shadow is the only nonprofit in the state of Oregon that equips classrooms with a structured, incentive-based framework and educational materials to help special education teachers reach struggling children early and engage them in learning—critical to keeping them in school.

“Just as wheelchair ramps foster independence for those with physical disabilities, The Shadow Project helps make learning accessible for boys and girls whose challenges include dyslexia, ADHD, autism and communications disorders,” says Christy Scattarella, founder and executive director of The Shadow Project. “This generous grant from Safeco Insurance will enable us to serve more at risk students and help keep them on a successful learning track.”

Since 1997, the Portland-based Shadow Project has worked with teachers to help close the achievement gap for more than 6,500 at-risk children in 28 metro area schools. Oregon has more than 74,000 special education students, many of whom need the engagement, inspiration and in-classroom techniques Shadow offers to youngsters grades K-8, most of whom are from low-income homes.

Launched in 2009, Safeco’s Education Initiative has provided nearly $2.8 million to 53 nonprofits in Washington and Oregon to improve the educational achievements and opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Safeco has also brought Shadow invaluable volunteer support from Liberty Mutual.

“You won’t find an organization better than The Shadow Project at helping Portland’s vulnerable kids to believe in themselves and unleash their potential for learning. They benefit, our schools benefit and ultimately we benefit with thriving, productive people in our community,” says Mark Holloway, executive director, Social Venture Partners.

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