The Oregon Cultural Trust supports 1,300 nonprofits statewide in arts, heritage and humanities. The Shadow Project is honored to have been selected as a non-profit member. When you give up to $500 to OCT as a match to your Shadow Project donation, you’ll receive a tax credit on your Oregon return.
“Mom! I’m famous!” That’s how 4th grader Caelen Ough responded when he saw himself online as The Shadow Project’s first Reading Star! Caelen and his mom Kedma kicked off our Reading Stars initiative, which celebrates the reading progress of Shadow kids. (You may remember Caelen, who raised money to buy an IPad for his special education classroom last year.) Parents, we invite you to send a photo or short video of your child or your family reading together to email@example.com and we’ll post it our Facebook page. Parents can interview their child or simply have them describe a favorite book, character, or a triumph in reading progress.
New Research Helps Our Students Turn Struggle into Success
Students in The Shadow Project are learning not to fear failure. Our teachers help students cultivate “growth mindset”, what cutting-edge research has identified as a key to motivation and achievement. Children with a growth mindset believe that their intelligence and ability grows through struggle, even failure – powerful news for students with disabilities, whose greatest risk is giving up. Students at Marysville School drew pictures of growth mindset, displaying their artwork in the hallways to share with classmates. Shadow provides teachers lesson plans and other materials on growth mindset and focused our most recent Professional Development seminar on the topic.
We’re honored to be chosen a fourth consecutive year for the Willamette Week Give!Guide, which runs through Dec. 31. The Shadow Project is our community’s only nonprofit that teams with special education teachers to close the achievement gap, and we’re counting on you to help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 to help students unleash their potential for learning. The Vibrant Village Foundation will match your gift of $50 or more, through G!G, doubling your impact.
The Boy Who Learned Upside Down has received the 2014 KART Kids Book List Award. Boy is based on the courageous journey of a Portland boy with learning disabilities who turned “I can’t” into “I CAN!” The KART (Kids are Readers Too) Foundation, which receives 2,000 nominations annually, selected 19 titles for its 2014 book list. The Foundation promotes and implements children’s literacy programs and provides programming in over 115 countries. Boy was written by Shadow Project founder and executive director Christy Scattarella and illustrated by Winky Wheeler.
Thanks to the generosity of PetSmart and its customers, The Shadow Project’s 1,500 children are receiving new stuffed animals. We’ve been pairing each donated Lucky & Chance animal with a dog or cat book to engage struggling readers.
I am proud of myself because I'm doing better in class and staying focused. I used to have a hard time with my attitude but I'm doing better now. I'm 13 and I have done the Shadow Project since I was six. The Shadow Project is wonderful. I hope to be like you guys and help kids out someday.