December 2012 Newsletter

December 2012 Newsletter
Newsletter • December 2012
The Shadow Project
You’re learning. You’re accomplishing everything.
— Cameron, student at Harrison Park School

The Shadow Project is awesome. It helps kids in special ed realize they have what it takes to succeed. I started in The Shadow Project at Duniway School in 2nd grade and recently graduated from college. It really made a difference in my life! –Alex Scattarella
Alex’s post to Umpqua Bank‘s Joy of Giving Facebook contest earned The Shadow Project $1,000! Many thanks to Umpqua and to everyone who shared their Shadow stories!


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Help The Shadow Project reach our goal of raising $20,000 to empower students in special education. Incentives from Stumptown Coffee, Animalia Designs, Susan Goodwin Jewelry and Tastebud Wood Fired Pizza, to name a few! Stay tuned for your chance to win! Donate HERE.


Learn three easy ways to promote greater understanding of students with special needs. Send us your ideas. We want to hear from you!


Sharing Their Accomplishments

We are proud of the wonderful

Watch Harrison Park students share their success

strides students in The Shadow Project are making to meet their academic and social goals. At Harrison Park in Southeast Portland, Shannon Cooper’s 60 hard-working students are becoming enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy school, turn in homework and take the opportunity to give to others. “Not only are my students developing strong a work ethic, they’re developing empathy and caring for each other,” says Shannon. “And they wanted to say thank you.”


Only $6,000 Shy of our Goal!
Your year-end gift will ensure we reach our goal of raising $20,000 through the Willamette Week Give!Guide to empower The Shadow Project’s 1,300 amazing students to succeed in school. The Miller Foundation will be matching new and increased gifts of $100 and up – more than $6,000 to date! Plus, there are still great incentives to be earned. Click here to check them out! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and inspiring stories.


Every Child Counts
Read the Oregonian’s Guest Commentary by Shadow’s Executive Director and learn three simple things we can all do to help Oregon’s 74,000+ special education students succeed. Do you have ideas to raise awareness and appreciation for these remarkable students? Send your ideas to: and help us spread the word on Facebook.


Thank You for Making a Difference

  • The Stimson Miller Foundation is helping The Shadow Project build its capacity through a $10,000 grant that will help us strengthen school district partnerships and implement recommendations from the Harvard Business School Association of Oregon.
  • The Charlotte Martin Foundation awarded Shadow a grant of $5,000 to increase educational opportunities for our 200 students in five McMinnville elementary and middles schools.
  • The Standard Charitable Foundation awarded Shadow $5,000 to provide copies of The Boy Who Learned Upside Down (Black Heron Press, 2013) to distribute to many low-income students in our program. Boy tells the Shadow story and celebrates the courage and accomplishments of children with learning challenges. Illustrated by Winky Wheeler, the 40-pg picture storybook will be published next fall.
  • The City of Hillsboro has provided $2,000 to support Shadow’s expansion to Mooberry Elementary, where The Shadow Project is serving 35 students.
  • Thank you to Portland Public Schools employees for supporting The Shadow Project. We were honored to be part of the district’s Fall Giving Campaign for the first time!


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