Shadow Employee Wins Ye? Ian Lima Award

Shadow Employee Wins Ye? Ian Lima Award

Spirit Mountain Community Fund selected The Shadow Project’s Alejandra Gurrola from its 11-county service area for the “Ye? Ian Lima” (Helping Hand) Award, for her dedication to children in special education.

Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s goal is to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits consistent with the Tribe’s culture and values. The Helping Hand award is given annually to a non-manager staff member of a nonprofit organization, who motivates others, demonstrates dedication to mission, and/or inspires others to excel.

The Shadow office received a surprise visit in late December by Spirit Mountain Community Fund board chairman Sho Dozono, Executive Director Mychal Cherry, and Program Coordinator Angela Sears, presenting Shadow’s Program/Volunteer Coordinator with her award.

Alejandra was nominated by Shadow Project Founder and Executive Director Christy Scattarella:

“Using a specialized audio library and a coaching method she created to empower discouraged readers, Alejandra transforms how our students learn to read,” wrote Christy. “Third-grader Anna finished her first book. Sophie stopped “getting mad at school” over reading, calling herself “a courageous student” who doesn’t give up. Eric, a fourth grader who got called “stupid” for reading “baby books,” catapulted two grade levels. At one school, 18 coached students advanced, on average, by 1.4 grade levels.”

Added Christy: “Alejandra helps students set and meet reading goals, reaches out to parents in their native language, and invites them to celebrate their children’s reading success.

“We are so pleased that she is being recognized for her efforts.”

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