May 2012 Newsletter

Turning “I can’t” into “I CAN”

Newsletter • May 2012
The Shadow Project

93.9% of teachers in The Shadow Project say their students have increased overall confidence AND are more willing to persevere when faced with a difficult task.

2012 Teacher Survey on Student Impact

“Shadow Project has helped me build relationships with parents and helps them feel good about their child’s progress! Thank you for being a part of our school community.”

–Elizabeth Schneider, Special Education Teacher, Guy Lee Elementary, Springfield

“The Lincoln CommuniCARE Club felt passionately about giving to The Shadow Project because of the amazing work being done that affects kids in schools all around Portland.”

–Natalie Mayer, Lincoln sophomore and Club President

Fashion Show
Special education teacher Natalie Behrends and daughter Campbell

Courts Kids helper
Ellie Babcock, Shadow Project Social Media Intern

Students Turn “I Can’t” into “I CAN!”

Thank You Letter
Hundreds of letters poured in this month from students telling us about their achievements in reading, writing, math and attendance. Congratulations on a fabulous year! Read more about student outcomes.

Lincoln Students Support Shadow Kids
The Portland Art Museum was the site of The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CommuniCARE grant award ceremony

Helena Morse Natalie Mayer Sydney Cao
Lincoln students Helena Morse, Natalie Mayer, and Sydney Cao

that brought together teen philanthropists and their 16 nonprofit beneficiaries, including The Shadow Project. The CommuniCARE program, now in its 15th year, provides high school students real-life experience in philanthropy. Clubs from three schools and the Girls, Inc. program selected local nonprofits and created their own fundraisers, with the Schnitzer Foundation matching their earnings many times over. The Shadow Project received $1,500 from the Lincoln Club, whose members had raised money through a candy bar sale.

Shadow on Catwalk at McMinnville Fundraiser
The McMinnville Education Foundation’s Fashion Show fundraiser held over Mother’s Day weekend featured grant recipients, including teachers modeling stunning outfits from Mes Amies. The Shadow Project was well represented by Grandhaven’s special education teacher Jolene Heinrich, who coordinates our program at four McMinnville elementary schools; Memorial’s Natalie Behrends, and Shadow executive director Christy Scattarella. Thank you McMinnville Education Foundation for helping our kids succeed in style!

The Face Behind Facebook
Kudos to our awesome Social Media Intern, Ellie Babcock, whose efforts have more than doubled our “Likes” on The Shadow Project’s Facebook and greatly increased our Twitter followers. Ellie, 17, of Sherwood, is finishing up her junior year at Riverdale High School. A member of the National Honor Society, Ellie is also on her school’s soccer, lacrosse and track teams. As someone with learning differences in her own family, Ellie is keenly aware of the need for greater understanding and information and does extensive research to locate articles that help build a community of support.

Duniway PTA – A Tradition of Giving
More than a decade ago, when The Shadow Project was a tiny “mom’n’pup” volunteer effort operating out of a garage, Duniway PTA members donated books and school supplies. Today, Shadow has partnered with special education teachers to help over 6,000 children with special needs, and Duniway PTA has been there every step of the way. Thank you for your generous donation of $400 to support The Shadow Project at your school, and for continuing to champion our community’s capable, courageous students with learning differences.

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