Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund Makes Reading More Engaging for Children in Special Education

Students in Portland and Yamhill County schools will receive tailored books and reading tools through a grant awarded to The Shadow Project.

The Shadow Project, a nonprofit that partners with primarily low-income schools to foster academic success 1,600 students with disabilities, has received a $7,000 grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund.

The Siletz gift will enable The Shadow Project to distribute more than 3,000 books that mirror the cultural and learning backgrounds of diverse learners, whose challenges include dyslexia, ADHD and autism. The Shadow Project will also equip select schools with audio-visual libraries designed for readers who struggle with print text, making books come alive for children who do not read the traditional way.

Shadow Founder and Executive Director Christy Scattarella, M.A., received the grant at a November 2 ceremony at Chinook Winds. “School should not be a place of shame and frustration,” said Scattarella. “The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund is ensuring that students in special education have access to the books and reading technology tailored to the way they learn, so they can read and achieve.”

The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund is the philanthropic arm of The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, distributing grants to non-profit organizations and local governments in 11 counties, and to Native American organizations and activities. Since its inception in 1999, the Siletz Charitable Contribution Fund has distributed more than $11.3 million in grant awards.

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Spirit Mountain Community Fund to Advance Equity for Children with Learning Challenges

A $35,000 grant to The Shadow Project will help children with disabilities like dyslexia and autism thrive, and achieve their potential.

The Shadow Project, a 15-year-old nonprofit committed to making school more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges has received a one-year, $35,000 grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Shadow Founder and Executive Director Christy Scattarella, M.A., received the grant in a September ceremony in Grand Ronde.

“The strength of our local partnerships is something we take pride in,” said Mychal Cherry, Spirit Mountain Community Fund executive director. “It’s an honor and a privilege to support an organization like The Shadow Project that makes it possible for children with learning disabilities to meet and exceed their full academic potential.”
The majority of the children in The Shadow Project are from low-income homes and communities of color. The Spirit Mountain grant gives them personalized learning experiences such as reading mentors who use a specialized audio-visual library to make books comes alive, sensory spaces where children can find calm and focus, and a goal-setting program that motivates discouraged learners.

“Because of Spirit Mountain’s generosity, our children have tools tailored to the way they learn, teachers equipped to support them, and a sense of belonging in school that sets them on a path of pride and accomplishment,” said Scattarella. “Many of the students we serve have been ready to give up—on school and on themselves—and their perseverance and determination inspire me daily.”
The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is the philanthropic arm of The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, distributing $78,610,930 in grants to non-profit organizations in 11 counties, government agencies in Polk and Yamhill counties, and the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon.

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New Program Manager for The Shadow Project

Sharon Juenemann has joined The Shadow Project as its program manager, overseeing the organization’s partner schools, including service development, delivery, and evaluation. Sharon was longtime program director for Mt. Hood Community College’s federal prep and access grant (TRIO) for low-income students seeking higher education. Most recently, she was interim director of TRIO at Portland Community College.

Sharon has a master of arts in adult education from Oregon State University, and a bachelor of arts in English from Lewis & Clark College. She has 20 years teaching experience including English as a Second Language for Non-Native Speakers, instructional Spanish, and EvenStart Family Literacy.

“Sharon’s passion for changing educational systems so they truly benefit all children, as well as personal experience with special education in Portland will greatly benefit our organization as we strategically standardize and grow our programs to serve more schools and children,” said Shadow Project Founder and Executive Director Christy Scattarella.

The Shadow Project’s mission is to make school more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges, so they can achieve their full potential.
By equipping classrooms with innovative tools and strategies tailored to diverse learning needs, The Shadow Project has teamed with schools to foster success for more than 10,000 students who typically read one- to three-years below grade level, and have challenges such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism.

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Shadow Day Combines Kids with Dogs and Books

WHAT
On Shadow Day, a celebration of The Shadow Project’s 15th anniversary as a nonprofit, and in honor of our mascot on her Valentine’s Day birthday, we are collaborating with Columbia River Pet Partners to bring local dog “Molly” into the classroom so kids who struggle with literacy can find courage in reading aloud.

WHEN
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 10 to 11 a.m. There is no formal program; reporters may drop in as available during this time frame

WHERE
Sitton Elementary School, 9930 N. Smith Street, 97203. Please sign in at the office and come to room 3.

BACKGROUND
Many children with learning challenges like dyslexia and ADHD, or kids with anxiety are afraid to read out loud in front of their peers for fear of ridicule. That’s one reason why students with learning challenges are often one- to three levels behind in reading. Educators say that dogs make great reading partners because they can encourage students with a gentle nudge to keep going, or strategically place a paw to offer support and enhance focus. Dogs also have a calming effect that can reduce anxiety, and their quiet presence boosts confidence, courage … and reading comprehension.

BITES/VISUALS:
Kids and dogs! Four Sitton children in special education who struggle to read will take turns sitting comfortably in the brightly colored SuperSensory Literacy Space bean bag chairs to show their growth mindset (perseverance at a challenging task) by reading aloud to Shadow friend “Molly” from their favorite book. The four students are available for questions, as is their teacher, Mandee Bish, and Shadow Project founder/executive director Christy Scattarella.

The Shadow Project is a Portland nonprofit that makes school more accessible and engaging for students with learning challenges so they can achieve their full potential.

Columbia River Pet Partners is a therapy animal group promoting health and happiness through visits to a wide variety of facilities.

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CareOregon Gives $15,000 Grant to Shadow

CareOregon Gives $15,000 Grant to Shadow

June 9, 2017 (Portland, Ore.) — CareOregon, which serves the largest number of Medicaid recipients in the state, takes the stand that good health requires much more than clinical care. For that reason, it has awarded a total of $300,000 in development investment grants to seven organizations focused on reducing housing insecurity this spring alone. The grants continue CareOregon’s emphasis on addressing housing problems, a key goal for the CareOregon board of directors, which authorized the funding.

Through its relationships with Coordinated Care Organizations, CareOregon manages care for about 180,000 members of the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). That population is at greater risk for housing insecurity, as well as other social and economic factors that affect health.

CareOregon’s spring community benefit giving additionally awarded nearly $115,000 in nine smaller grants within the organization’s core focus areas: childhood development, member and community empowerment, social determinants of health and Community Health Improvement Plan goals in its service areas.

“We focused on programs that are not only helping people with housing insecurity, but they also tend to involve the whole community in finding solutions,” said Shawn DeCarlo, grant evaluation program manager.

The development investment grants include:

  • Village Coalition (Metro, Multnomah County)—$60,000 for the Village Community Restorative Justice Training Program, working to permanently increase the amount of low-cost transitional housing in the metro area.
  • Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (Metro)—$50,000 for Homeownership Retention Program, which fosters homeownership stability for low‐ and moderate‐income homeowners age 55 and older.
  • Bridge Meadows (Metro)—$45,000 for Building Resilience & Wellness through Intergenerational Place, Permanence and Purpose, a program to help children move from foster care to adoptive families. The grant supports staffing in North Portland and Beaverton.
  • Maybelle Center for the Community (Metro, Multnomah County)—$45,000 for staffing support for program building connections and community in Portland’s Old Town-Downtown neighborhoods.
  • Restoration House (Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, Clatsop County)—$40,000 to help bring Restoration House up to fire code. The Seaside housing facility is for adult men transitioning from incarceration back to their home community.
  • Northwest Pilot Project (Metro)—$35,000 for a full-time housing case manager for extremely low-income seniors of color, in danger of displacement due to gentrification of their neighborhoods.
  • Northwest Housing Alternatives (Metro, Clackamas County)—$25,000 to help renovate and expandAnnie Ross House Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families.

The capacity investment grants are:

  • African Youth and Community Organization—$20,000
  • The Shadow Project—$15,000
  • Tucker Maxon School—$11,000
  • Nursingale (Children’s Nursing Specialties)—$10,633
  • Reading Results—$10,000
  • Store To Door—$10,000
  • AntFarm Youth Services—$10,000
  • Community Partners for Affordable Housing—$7,850

“A common factor of these grants is that they are to programs that are primarily direct services for young children and families at high risk of experiencing poor health outcomes,” DeCarlo said. “We know that if we can have a positive impact on families’ health early on, that impact will not only provide benefis now, but will continue to have benefits for them and their health for many years into the future.”

For information, contact Jeanie Lunsford, 503-416-3626, lunsfordj@careoregon.org.

About CareOregon
CareOregon is a nonprofit community benefits company that’s been involved in health plan services, reforms and innovations since 1994, serving Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) and Medicare members and their communities. Our mission is cultivating individual well-being and community health through shared learning and innovation. Our vision is healthy communities for all individuals, regardless of income or social circumstances. We focus on the total health of our members, not just traditional health care. By teaming up with members and their families, providers and communities, we help Oregonians live better lives, prevent illness and respond effectively to health issues.

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