September 2012 Newsletter

September 2012 Newsletter


Newsletter • September 2012
The Shadow Project
“Shadow Project is the driving force why we never have students shut down and not work. Outsiders often comment on how happy our students are and how nice they are to each other. We have The Shadow Project to thank for that fact.”

–Shannon Cooper, Harrison Park K-8

Lynnette Diller of Peninsula School leads a strategy session during Shadow Orientation

Give!Guide Sponsors Needed

From donuts to discounts to dollars, your business support of The Shadow Project in the upcoming Willamette Week Give!Guide motivates donors and raises awareness of our remarkable students. Please contact Lena Teplitsky at 888.747.0005 or

Tania Gitch of Isler Northwest, Shadow’s Volunteer Warehouse Manager

PSU Student Ambassadors: From left, Khaled, Lena (Shadow’s Asst. Director), Somah, and PSU mentor Stephanie

“I used to have a hard time with reading and now I am much better! The Shadow Project has helped me with my schoolwork and paying attention.”

–Victoria, Grade 5

Teachers Share Strategies at Shadow Orientation

The Shadow Project welcomed special education teachers and speech-language pathologists back to school at our end-of-summer orientation held at Portland Public Schools. This annual event provides educators a unique opportunity to share strategies and build community as they journey into another school year of providing exemplary educational opportunities for students with learning challenges. This year, The Shadow Project will serve more than 1,300 students grades K-8 in 28 schools in Portland, McMinnville and Hillsboro. Teachers shared student success stories as well as strategies for engaging struggling readers and improving attendance. Following orientation, teachers “shopped” at the Shadow Warehouse for incentives such as graphic novels and school supplies that students earn for making progress on their academic and social goals. A big thank you to Safeway for supporting our teachers by donating lunch for this event.


Shadow Selected for Willamette Week’s Give!Guide!
We’re proud to have been chosen once again for this amazing community fundraiser that raised more than $1 million for local charities last year. This is a great opportunity for you to support our kids, earn some prizes for yourself and DOUBLE THE IMPACT of your gift. Every new gift of $100 or more will be matched dollar for dollar by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation. Please help us meet our $25,000 goal by getting the word out on Facebook and Twitter. The Give!Guide goes online Nov. 7.


She’s Done it Again!
A heartfelt THANK YOU to Tania Gitch of Isler Northwest LLC for her ongoing support of The Shadow Project as our Volunteer Warehouse Manager. Tania and Isler Northwest have been involved with The Shadow Project since 2009. Every summer, Tania and a cadre of volunteers conduct our annual inventory and prepare the warehouse for teachers, so they can effectively navigate shelves of books, school supplies and other student incentives and start the school year off right.


Student Ambassadors from Middle East Volunteer
This summer, in partnership with Portland State University and the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative three students joined The Shadow Project for a month-long study of ways to raise the profile of individuals with learning challenges through creative media outlets. The students, from Tunisia and Egypt, two of whom have family members with learning challenges, explored what it means to “be different” while creating a framework for a digital short to relay the message that all children have potential to succeed.


Many Thanks to our Generous Supporters
CREW Portland (Commercial Real Estate Women) supported The Shadow Project through a wine raffle and silent auction at the group’s annual golf tournament. Shadow is CREW’s designated 2012 charity. We appreciate the support.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation has granted The Shadow Project $2,000 to purchase books for students in our program. We are BEARy grateful!


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City of Portland’s 2011 “Making a Difference” Award in Education

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