The Shadow Project receives more than $100,000 in new grants to help improve educational achievements for at risk students in Oregon

The Shadow Project receives more than $100,000 in new grants to help improve educational achievements for at risk students in Oregon

The Shadow Project receives more than $100,000 in new grants to help improve educational achievements for at risk youth in Oregon

Regional support for the program grows in light of proven success addressing the needs of children with learning-related disabilities 

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Portland, OR (April 3, 2014)—The Shadow Project last quarter received five new grants to further its classroom program in support of Oregon children with learning-related disabilitiesthose at the highest risk of failing in school.  More than $100,000 in recent regional investments positions the award-winning Shadow Project to meet an ever-increasing demand for services:

  • The Meyer Memorial Trust awarded a $40,000 two-year grant for operating support;
  • The Collins Foundation awarded $36,000 over two years to help transform The Shadow Project’s program delivery model to improve educational outcomes for children with learning differences;
  • Hanna Anderson’s Hanna Helps program awarded $10,000 for operating support;
  • The Reser Family Foundation awarded $10,000 to improve educational outcomes for more special education students;
  • The OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation invested $5,000 for a second year of operating support.

Children in special education represent one of Oregon’s largest at-risk populations, prone to disengaging from learning and failing in school. The Shadow Project is responding to help these struggling students whose barriers to learning include ADHD, dyslexia, autism, and communication disorders.  Shadow is the only nonprofit in the state of Oregon that equips classrooms with a structured, incentive-based framework and educational materials to help special education teachers reach struggling children early and engage them in learning—critical to keeping them in school.

“Our children have tremendous potential for success,” says founder and executive director Christy Scattarella. “These generous investments from our foundations and corporate donors is setting a community expectation that every child can graduate.”

Since 1997, The Portland-based Shadow Project has worked with teachers to help close the achievement gap for more than 7,000 students. Oregon has more than 74,000 special education students, many of whom need the engagement, inspiration and in-classroom techniques Shadow offers to youngsters grades K-8, most of whom are from low-income homes.


The Shadow Project serves 30 Portland metro-area schools to foster educational success for 1,300 students grades K-8 whose barriers to learning include dyslexia, ADHD, autism and

communications disorders. Students typically come from low-income homes and enter The Shadow Project program reading two or more years below grade level. As early as kindergarten, students with learning challenges disengage from school due to persistent failure and classrooms unequipped to help them persevere, an attribute the US Department of Education has recently identified as critical for at-risk students to succeed in school. The mission of The Shadow Project is to close the education gap for children in special education, turning “I can’t” into “I CAN!” The program partners with school districts and Cradle to Career to serve the highest-need schools. Teachers use the program to improve educational outcomes, reduce disparities and set an expectation that every child in their classroom can graduate. The Shadow Project equips teachers with tools to help struggling learners fulfill their potential and become contributing members of society.


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