January 2014 Newsletter

January 2014 Newsletter


Shadow Students Set Goals for 2014!




   
 
 

Shadow students are setting goals for 2014!

 
   

Did you make any New Years Resolutions this year? Students in the Shadow Project certainly did! Every year we send a letter home to the parents of students in our program, welcoming them to The Shadow Project. This year, for the first time we asked parents to help their kids set goals and identify strengths. Students and parents filled out the goals & strengths pages together and brought them back to school. As students continue to work on their goals and set new ones, we wanted to share a few of the many wonderful examples we’ve received already!

Read more and see examples


 

Thanks to your support we exceeded our fundraising goal in the Willamette Week Give!Guide this year!

 
   

Thanks to your generous support The Shadow Project exceeded its ambitious fundraising goal in the Willamette Week Give!Guide this year! We raised $20,631, an increase of almost 20% from last year. On behalf of our students, we thank you for this tremendous accomplishment!

A big thank you also goes to our sponsors and business partners this year. Thank you to the Vibrant Village Foundation for their generous match. Thank you to local artists Susan Goodwin and Holly Mueller, and local musicians Harrison Fulop, Stirling Miles, and Karyn Ann for donating their crafts and talents.

Read more on our website!


 

Community reactions to The Boy Who Learned Upside Down

 
   

“A terrific true story about coping with learning challenges and accepting differences” –Midwest Children’s Bookwatch. “An upbeat message on a subject rarely written about”. –Library Journal. We’re grateful for the reviews and support of The Boy Who Learned Upside Down (Black Heron Press) a new children’s book based on the real-life story of a Portland child with learning disabilities who inspired The Shadow Project.
Read the full article on our website to learn more about what Social Venture Partners Portland and The Standard Charitable Foundation are doing to support the book and the students in our program!

Read more on our website!


 

Thank You for Making a Difference

 
   

We are so grateful to Hanna Andersson, which awarded Shadow a $10,000 operating grant through the company’s Hanna Helps program; to The Reser Family Foundation, which awarded Shadow $10,000 for a second year to improve educational outcomes for our growing number of special education students; and to the OCF Joseph E. Weston Foundation, with a grant of $5,000 for a second year of operating support.

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Shadow students are setting goals for 2014!

Shadow students are setting goals for 2014!

Did you make any New Years Resolutions this year? Students in the Shadow Project certainly did!

Every year we send a letter home to the parents of students in our program, welcoming them to The Shadow Project. This year, for the first time we asked parents to help their kids set goals and identify strengths. Students and parents filled out the goals & strengths pages together and brought them back to school. As students continue to work on their goals and set new ones, we wanted to share a few of the many wonderful examples we’ve received already!

Take a look at some examples of our students and parents identifying strengths and setting goals for the 2013-14 school year:

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Positive Community Reactions to ‘The Boy Who Learned Upside Down’

Positive Community Reactions to ‘The Boy Who Learned Upside Down’

We are so grateful for the reviews and support of The Boy Who Learned Upside Down (Black Heron Press), the new children’s book based on the real-life story of a Portland child with learning disabilities who inspired The Shadow Project.

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Book Reviews

“A terrific true story about coping with learning challenges and accepting differences”  – Midwest Children’s Bookwatch.

“An upbeat message on a subject rarely written about”.  – Library Journal.

OregonLive article: “The Boy Who Learned Upside Down’ aims to inspire kids with learning disabilities (and their parents)” – January 4, 2014

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Community Support

Social Venture Partners Portland

Community partner Social Venture Partners Portland is supporting the launch of The Boy Who Learned Upside Down and promoting The Shadow Project on their website and other events. We are thankful for their support.

SVP members promote The Boy Who Learned Upside Down at their December Holiday Party.

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The Standard Charitable Foundation

At the same time, The Standard Charitable Foundation is putting The Boy Who Learned Upside Down in the hands of low-income students in our program, by donating more than 400 copies of the book. We thank you for your support and for making a difference in the lives of kids with learning disabilities!

Thanks to your support we exceeded our fundraising goal in the Willamette Week Give!Guide this year!

Thanks to your support we exceeded our fundraising goal in the Willamette Week Give!Guide this year!

Thanks to your generous support The Shadow Project exceeded its ambitious fundraising goal in the Willamette Week Give!Guide this year! We raised $20,631, an increase of almost 20% from last year. On behalf of our students, we thank you for this tremendous accomplishment!

That ensures that the 1,500 students in our program will get the tools and books they need to thrive in school this year. We couldn’t do it without you!

A big thank you also goes to our sponsors and business partners this year. Thank you to the Vibrant Village Foundation for their generous match. Thank you to local artists Susan Goodwin, Animalia Design and Holly Mueller, and local musicians Harrison Fulop, Stirling Miles, and Karyn Ann for donating their crafts and talents. Thank you!

A Tremendous Thank You to our Most Recent Supporters

A Tremendous Thank You to our Most Recent Supporters

We are so grateful to Hanna Andersson, which awarded Shadow a $10,000 operating grant through the company’s Hanna Helps program, which improves the lives of young children, focusing on issues including poverty, early childhood education and literacy.

A huge thank you to The Reser Family Foundation, which awarded Shadow $10,000 for a second year to improve educational outcomes for our growing number of special education students. The Foundation makes innovative, transformational and charitable contributions in areas including education.

Finally, we are honored to receive a second year of operating support from the OCF Joseph E. Weston Foundation, with a grant of $5,000.