|Newsletter • October 2013|
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Prior to the Shadow Project my students had little incentive or hope to attend school and felt very little reward for their hard efforts. The Shadow program helps my students get re-motivated and reminds them of the benefits of effort and hard work.
To date, The Shadow Project has put more than 19,000 books in the hand of newly enthused readers – and we’re just getting started!
Reaching for the Stars!
Oregon has set an ambitious goal: 100% of this year’s 1st graders will graduate on time. But in 2012, only 38% of special education students graduated with their class, according to the state Department of Education.
To us at The Shadow Project, this means that we must focus even greater attention on early support! We believe that given a chance, students in special education can succeed in school. That’s why we team with talented special education teachers and speech/language pathologists to equip classrooms with the resources, materials and support that step-by-step, help children with disabilities become confident, engaged learners. In the past year, students in The Shadow Project, past and present, have graduated from college, met state benchmarks in reading for the first time, and even placed in the state chess championships! Thank you for supporting our work to help these promising youngsters thrive in school – and in life.
Teachers Sharing Strategies
As always we kicked off the school year with a series of strategy sessions to welcome back our teachers! Teachers shared ideas and strategies about the most pressing questions and concerns, ranging from reducing absenteeism to helping discouraged readers become excited about the next book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. This year we incorporated an online portal for teachers to continue sharing ideas and networking. We’ve already received great feedback on this new tool and are excited to continue working with our teachers to provide them with the support they need to help our kids!
As part of the sessions, teachers picked up hundreds of books and other educational incentives from our warehouse that they will use to encourage and inspire more students this year. This year we are serving 1,500 students in 33 schools in Portland, East Multnomah County, McMinnville and Hillsboro!
Completing the team!
Please welcome Helen Scalise, our new Communications & Development Associate,
who will help advance our mission by managing our communications plan and working with board and staff to engage the business community, individuals and volunteers, and support our development goals.
Helen was with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore and most recently had her own nonprofit management consulting business in Portland. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Organizational Development through Pepperdine University.
The Shadow Project is also proud to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors. Ken deLaski is the President and Founder of Portland-based Vibrant Village Foundation, which invests in the potential of communities around the world. Ken is the co-founder and former CEO of Washington DC software company, Deltek Inc. He serves on the board of one of our favorite organizations, Social Venture Partners Portland. Jean Gargan is a consultant to Kaiser Permanente, where she manages a project to improve benefit and billing issue resolution, in preparation for implementation of the Health Care Reform Act. She serves on the board of Common Wealth Portland and is co-chair of the Fundraising Committee at Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good.
Thank You for Making a Difference
We are so grateful to the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation for its generous sponsorship of The Shadow Project at Faubion School, where our program serves 80 students grades K-8. School sponsors are our “Neighborhood Heroes” and make a profound difference for students in our community.
Thanks to the generosity of Crayola and the great organization Good360, special education students in The Shadow Project will be able to express themselves creatively this year! We received a donation of more crayons, washable markers, molding clay, notebooks and activity posters.
City of Portland's "Making a Difference" Award in Education