January 2012 Newsletter

Newsletter • January 2012
The Shadow Project

More-homework-please More Homework, Please!

I used to use my own incentive program, but it wasn’t very rewarding for kids. Now I can get even the most resistant child to work toward a goal. I love the Shadow Project!

— Cara Principe,
speech language pathologist, Portland Pubic Schools

Million-Books-for-Kids “Million Books for Kids”

GuideStar Logo Shadow Project Earns GuideStar Seal

Close to 9 million U.S. children experience severe reading failure caused by learning differences.
– The Haan Foundation

“My Students Are Asking for More Homework!”
Shadow Project students celebrate milestones they’ve reached on Shadow Day: time set aside for them to reflect on their accomplishments. The incentives they earn are tangible results of their journey to integrate habits for success into their learning.

Teachers visited our warehouse earlier this month to select incentives for their students and were blown away by the fabulous titles lining our shelves, including Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Flat Stanley, Big Nate and Magic Treehouse, books our volunteers helped us select during a recent visit to Scholastic Books Warehouse. Speech/language pathologist Judy Matsumoto told us how much the opportunity to earn books is motivating her students. “They are asking for more homework. I’ve never had that happen before!”

Thank You, Willamette Week
This was the first year The Shadow Project was selected to participate in the Willamette Week Give!Guide, and, and thanks to your generosity, we exceeded our expectations. The Shadow Project raised $15,266, including $6,050 in matching funds from the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation. In less than two months, The Give!Guide brought in nearly $1.6 million for 100 local charities and two statewide nonprofits. We were so honored to be part of this incredible experience and are grateful for Willamette Week’s leadership in building community philanthropy.

Help us Get a Million books into the Hands of Portland Kids
Did you know that over 100,000 children in the greater Portland Area have few or no books at home? Some students in The Shadow Project, for example, only have books they’ve earned through our program. The “Million Books for Kids” project is tackling this issue by getting books to the kids who need them most. Better World Books is donating books, which are available at the former Borders Books location in Bridgeport Village. Shadow Project volunteers have already pulled more than 300 books for our students in need, and that’s just the beginning. To find out how you can volunteer for the Million Books project and help Shadow Project kids, email bonnie@shadow-project.org.

Shadow Project on GuideStar
At The Shadow Project, we value transparency and strive to provide information to help donors make informed choices. That’s why we’re pleased to have earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. GuideStar is an information service that provides program and financial data on more than 1.7 million nonprofits recognized by the IRS. Read more about The Shadow Project on GuideStar.

Shadow Project to Participate in Dyslexia Conference.
The relationship between brain function, ADHD and learning disabilities will be explored at a conference sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association on Saturday, February 25. Open to the public, the conference will bring together special education teachers and other professionals who work with children and adults with learning disabilities. The featured speaker is Dr. Eric Tridas, President of the International Dyslexia Association. The Shadow Project will have a table at the event, and Executive Director Christy Scattarella will speak briefly. The day-long conference will be held at the Crown Plaza in Northeast Portland.

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