December 2014 Newsletter

“Mom, I’m Famous!”


Shadow Kids are Reading Stars


“Mom! I’m famous!” That’s how 4th grader Caelen Ough responded when he saw himself online as The Shadow Project’s first Reading Star! Caelen and his mom Kedma kicked off our Reading Stars initiative, which celebrates the reading progress of Shadow kids. (You may remember Caelen, who raised money to buy an IPad for his special education classroom last year.) Parents, we invite you to send a photo or short video of your child or your family reading together to and we’ll post it our Facebook page. Parents can interview their child or simply have them describe a favorite book, character, or a triumph in reading progress.

Read Caelen’s interview


New Research Helps Our Students Turn Struggle into Success


Students in The Shadow Project are learning not to fear failure. Our teachers help students cultivate “growth mindset”, what cutting-edge research has identified as a key to motivation and achievement. Children with a growth mindset believe that their intelligence and ability grows through struggle, even failure – powerful news for students with disabilities, whose greatest risk is giving up. Students at Marysville School drew pictures of growth mindset, displaying their artwork in the hallways to share with classmates. Shadow provides teachers lesson plans and other materials on growth mindset and focused our most recent Professional Development seminar on the topic.

Learn more about this exciting new research


Doubling Your Impact


We’re honored to be chosen a fourth consecutive year for the Willamette Week Give!Guide, which runs through Dec. 31. The Shadow Project is our community’s only nonprofit that teams with special education teachers to close the achievement gap, and we’re counting on you to help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 to help students unleash their potential for learning. The Vibrant Village Foundation will match your gift of $50 or more, through G!G, doubling your impact.

Help us equip students for success


Shadow Book Wins Award


The Boy Who Learned Upside Down has received the 2014 KART Kids Book List Award. Boy is based on the courageous journey of a Portland boy with learning disabilities who turned “I can’t” into “I CAN!” The KART (Kids are Readers Too) Foundation, which receives 2,000 nominations annually, selected 19 titles for its 2014 book list. The Foundation promotes and implements children’s literacy programs and provides programming in over 115 countries. Boy was written by Shadow Project founder and executive director Christy Scattarella and illustrated by Winky Wheeler.

Learn more about the book


PetSmart Supports The Shadow Project!


Thanks to the generosity of PetSmart and its customers, The Shadow Project’s 1,500 children are receiving new stuffed animals. We’ve been pairing each donated Lucky & Chance animal with a dog or cat book to engage struggling readers.

Learn more about making reading cozy

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