Help New Seasons and Oregon Public House Support our Students

Help New Seasons and Oregon Public House Support our Students

Shadow Project’s 1,600 children benefit when you bring your own bag to the New Seasons on North Williams Avenue or dine at Oregon Public House. Just remember to vote for Shadow when you order at the counter.

Oregon Public House is at 700 NE Dekum Street, Portland. Shadow’s 6-month partnership with OPH runs through July 14.

Through July 19, New Seasons at 3445 North Williams Avenue 97212 is donating five cents to Shadow every time a reusable bag is used, or a jar recycled.

Tacos for Teachers May 8

Tacos for Teachers May 8

Dine any time at  either of ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria’s two locations on Wednesday, May 8 and a portion of the proceeds will support special education teachers in The Shadow Project’s 35 partner schools. Enjoy a great meal, knowing that you’re giving teachers tools that empower students with dyslexia, ADHD, autism and other learning challenges.

Ten percent of all sales, all day, at either ¿Por Qué No? location will benefit Shadow teachers and kids, including dine-in, to go orders, merchandise, and gift certificates.

¿Por Qué No? is located at 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd. and 3524 N. Mississippi Avenue, and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

National Reading Champions!

National Reading Champions!

Two students at Woodmere Elementary ranked in the top 5 percentile of students from nearly 1,000 elementary schools nationwide in a competition for nontraditional readers. Fifth graders Esnoy and Eric are graduates of Shadow’s Reading Mentors Program, which pairs students with a mentor and assistive reading technology designed for children with learning challenges.

To learn more about our Reading Mentors program, email us at

Nearly 200 students in The Shadow Project are celebrating their success in Learning Ally’s Great Reading Games, a national competition for students who use assistive reading technology.  Students from Markham, Bridger, Rosa Parks, Duniway, Abernethy, and Woodmere schools in Portland and Patton Middle School in McMinnville competed in a seven-week reading challenge using an audio-visual library that allows children to see and hear books simultaneously and adapt the system to their learning needs. The students read a total of 65,521 audiobook pages, with Woodmere finishing in the top 12% of elementary schools across the country.

Research has found that increased reading time is the highest correlated activity for children achieving reading benchmarks, a key predictor of  graduation. An analysis by Learning Ally found that Shadow students spend more than twice the time reading compared to national expectations for 100,000 students nationwide who use the audio-visual technology.

The Shadow Project has been hosting science-themed ice-cream celebrations for families at  each school to honor our students’ perseverance and reading success.

December Newsletter

In the December edition of our newsletter, find out how Shadow helps classroom behavior improve, and more:

  • Shadow in Oregonian Season of Sharing
  • Dinner Cruise to Benefit Courageous Kids
  • Classroom Behavior Improves with Sensory
  • Become a Shadow Audiobook Mentor
  • The Shadow Project Helps Build Perseverance
  • Thank You for Empowering Our Children

View the full newsletter.

Listening Therapy Dog at Rosa Parks Elementary

Molly is a Parti Standard Poodle that loves children, cuddles, and helping students become better readers. She is a therapy dog, and some special education students at Rosa Parks Elementary School recently got a chance to practice their literacy skills by reading to the black-and-white canine. The Shadow Project, working with Columbia River Pet Partners, invited Molly to the school to help kids find courage when reading aloud.