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Back to School Excitement for The Shadow Project

Back to School Excitement for The Shadow Project

What excited 11-year-old Roger most about his first day of school? The Shadow Project.

Roger, who transferred schools this fall …. to Marysville from Woodmere … has autism spectrum disorder and he was nervous about spelling and remembering his locker number. But when he heard that Marysville Special Education Teacher Janice Holstine, M.S., uses The Shadow Project in her classroom to motivate students to set and achieve literacy and other goals, Roger grew animated.

“The Shadow Project is fun,” said Roger, a sixth grader who has been in the program for two years. “I feel good when I earn something in school.”

Roger especially likes the books available through The Shadow Project such as The Homework Machine and The Boy Who Learned Upside Down, as well as fidgets that can help improve concentration.

“My favorite subject is reading,” said Roger. “I told my friend about The Shadow Project, too.”


Starting School with Summer Homework Completed

Starting School with Summer Homework Completed

Bridger School Special Education Teacher Sherry Dahlen usually gives summer homework to a handful of her students. But she rarely receives any completed assignments.

Imagine her surprise when second-grader Jaylik arrived on the first day of school with two 40-page workbooks fully complete proudly saying, “I did my homework. Who do I turn this in to?”

Jaylik started last school year not knowing his alphabet and reading a grade level behind, said Sherry, who is eager to see Jaylik’s placement test scores in the coming weeks.

“It was really heartwarming and amazing that he did the work,” said Sherry, who gave Jaylik a fidget from The Shadow Project for his efforts. “If we don’t have regression, it will be worth it.”

The Shadow Project is part of Portland Public Schools’ Read Together initiative.