Shadow Reading Coaching Life-Changing for Timbers Mascot

Shadow Reading Coaching Life-Changing for Timbers Mascot

Portland Timbers mascot Joey Webber visits a lot of schools. But becoming a reading coach in The Shadow Project’s schools has proved life changing.

“This is one of the best things going on in my life right now,” says Timber Joey, who knows what it’s like to have a reading challenge. “Reading coaching has made such an impact on my life.”

Timber Joey volunteers with Shadow kids one- to two-times a week, meeting with students in special education to talk about books and set reading goals, download audiobooks, and practice reading aloud.

“We talk about what’s going to make it better to read at home, and the kind of environment where it’s easier to read,” says Timber Joey. “It’s rewarding to come in here and see where kids need a little bit of help, but also to see the progression of where they’ve come from.”

Setting goals with kids is motivating, says Joey. “With a goal, you always have something to think about, and motivate you to go beyond if you’re needing more time or practice to achieve your goal.

“These reading sessions have really opened my eyes,” he said. “It’s important for people to contribute to projects like these, so it creates a better society.”

Click here to find out why Timber Joey reads to his dogs!

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