July 2013 Newsletter

July 2013 Newsletter

Expanding to Help More Kids

Newsletter • July 2013
The Shadow Project

One of my students had weekly attendance of approximately 50% of the week. Once she started coming to the learning center and participating in the Shadow Project her attendance has improved to 80% of the week.
–LaShell Holton,
Markham Elementary

Tim and Shannon
Our Teacher Appreciation Gathering brought together Shadow’s partner teachers, the Shadow Project team and dedicated supporters to celebrate our hard-working teachers and their students’ successes this year. Veteran teacher Shannon Cooper (pictured with Shadow Board president, Tim Gourley), spoke about the impact the program has had on her students.

“”Before, I would get distracted, and I just wouldn’t listen. Last year, I could only write three words in a journal, but the Shadow Project came along, and I started reading and writing, and now I’m writing three or four pages. I’ve improved a lot.””Nick, 8th grader

Serve with Liberty–A Success!

“The Shadow Project makes kids feel like they’re more a part of school. They are building confidence, growing and getting more prepared for the world.” –Tammi Budd, volunteer

Thank you, Shadow Book Buddies, for helping us fill our warehouse with new books for special education students! Ralph, a fantastic volunteer, enjoyed helping us shop! A donation of $50 or more is matched and buys up to 40 new books!

Thanks to our recent Book Buddy donations, we were able to stock our shelves with over 2,000 new, high-interest books for special education students, like the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel, The Ugly Truth. Becoming a Book Buddy is easy! Donate $50 or more and your gift will be matched, providing culturally relevant titles to Shadow Project students. Thank you for investing in the gift of reading!

Shadow awarded $150,000 capacity-building grant to serve more students!

The Shadow Project will reach hundreds more at-risk students this coming school year thanks to new partnership with Vibrant Village Foundation. The Foundation’s investment of $150,000 over two years will enable Shadow to expand to at least five high-poverty schools in East Multnomah County this fall and position our nonprofit to serve more students in years to come: 2,500 by 2016. This transformational grant will also allow us to implement recommendations from the Harvard Business School Association of Oregon to grow and enhance our program. Shadow will kick off its expansion in partnership with All Hands Raised as part of a community initiative focused on reducing chronic absenteeism and reducing disparities for Portland’s most marginalized students. “The Vibrant Village partnership with the Shadow Project was born of an alignment of our parallel missions to improve outcomes for students with learning disabilities—a very underserved, at-risk group across the state,” says Ken deLaski, founder of the Vibrant Village Foundation. “The Shadow Project provides significant proven work, is low-cost and replicable, and is poised for growth making their model an ideal fit for our local community investment.”

Shadow Students Make Great Strides in School

The results are in! The 2013 Teacher Outcomes survey reveals that students in The Shadow Project have made great progress this year!

  • 71% of students who were prone to giving up easily at the beginning of the school year are now persevering when faced with challenging tasks.
  • 93.9% of educators report that The Shadow Project motivates students to set and achieve goals.
  • 63% of educators report that The Shadow Project promotes equity by building appreciation for children who learn differently.
  • 69% of Shadow Project students met or exceeded reading goals.

Special education students are better equipped to thrive thanks to our donors, including the Reser Family Foundation and Stimson Miller Foundation.

Duniway Middle School students share what it takes to succeed in school

Shadow in the News

In case you missed it, you can catch up on what’s been happening with The Shadow Project through the eyes of our parents, teachers, students, staff and community.

Serve with Liberty: Volunteers sort 2,000+ books for Shadow kids!
For the second year in a row, employees from Liberty Mutual visited The Shadow Project to help us gear up for the upcoming school year. It’s never too early to get ready for the 1,500 students we will serve this fall! With the help of 10 enthusiastic volunteers, we unloaded and sorted over 2,000 new children’s books, assembled personalized goal-setting kits used by students to set their own goals, built over 100 Family Reading Kits, and packaged gift bags full of school supplies. “There’s a huge gap in help for all teachers, but especially special education teachers,” said Liberty Mutual employee Jillian Carlile. “I’m here because this program helps these teachers help kids want to excel.” A huge thanks to the team! See more photos on Facebook.

Thank You for Making a Difference
Safeco Insurance Foundation has committed to a 3rd & 4th year of continuing support to The Shadow Project through its Education Initiative. Safeco’s new two-year grant of $18,000 provides operating support to help us improve educational outcomes for children with disabilities. Launched in 2009, Safeco’s Education Initiative has provided nearly $2.8 million to 53 nonprofits in Washington and Oregon to improve the educational achievements and opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Safeco has also brought us invaluable volunteer support from Liberty Mutual (see story, above).

Thanks to In2itive Search, a Portland-based search engine marketing agency, The Shadow Project has a new & improved website! This new platform for information-sharing, advocacy and support will allow teachers and parents the tools and resources necessary for supporting their students’ educational journeys, while offering information about learning disabilities to the community at large. Thank you, In2itive Search, for your generous donation and ongoing efforts on behalf of our students!

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City of Portland's "Making a Difference" Award in Education

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