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SHARP allows students to look not only at themselves, but others.
My students not only improve their reading and writing skills, they also become more confident learners.
While SHARP’s impact is often felt by students who are struggling, it also fits the needs of high achievers.
The SHARP Literacy program not only has the needed content, but also fun ways of approaching these concepts!
I’m indebted to SHARP because not only do you grow my students but you’ve grown me as an educator.
Our students learned so much about their community and have a profound new appreciation for Milwaukee.

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Photos from SHARP Literacy's post We had an amazing time last night at the Milwaukee Milkman game selling raffle tickets and representing SHARP Literacy. Our CEO, Lynda Kohler got to throw the game’s first pitch and share SHARP’s mission with the crowd. Our lucky 50/50 raffle winner took home $300 dollars. Thank you to our volunteers who helped support SHARP last night, and a special thank you to Milwaukee Milkmen for having us. What a great night for some Milwaukee baseball!
Cool schools teach children how to code! Thank you BizTimes Media for sharing an awesome story about what SHARP Literacy's Design Through Code program does for children, along with the other great coding programs offered in the Milwaukee area.
Marlene Doerr Kreilkamp founded SHARP Literacy in 1996. “I began the organization because of the hard work and keen insights of children,” Kreilkamp said. Marlene’s initial inspiration – observing the power of art to inspire kids’ learning – still holds true. Using a wide variety of arts-based student learning activities and projects, SHARP fosters a love of learning and advances children’s futures through innovative STEAM-based experiences and programs. To date, more than 100,000 largely underprivileged and at-risk students have benefited. So that these effective arts-integrated STEAM-based literacy programs can continue, we welcome donations of art supplies– paints, brushes, craft items and more. Our Art Supply Wish List lists specific items that students truly need today. Click here to purchase - Thank you for your generosity!
Sculpture to Celebrate Latino Community | SHARP Literacy, Inc. Third-grade students from five of our Waukesha schools have been working on a We Love to Learn book called Discover Waukesha. As part of the project, the students and author Pilar Melero, who grew up in Waukesha, wanted to do an art project showcasing the city’s Latino community. Now, a group of students and Mexican American artist, Alberto Villalobos are working with SHARP Literacy on a proposed public sculpture marking the contributions of the city’s Latino community.

The "Caras de Waukesha" (Faces of Waukesha) sculpture, is designed to celebrate the contributions of the city’s Latino community. The sculpture is slated to be located in either Cutler or Frame park.

We are so excited to see the creative minds come together and produce an important piece of artwork for the city of Waukesha to enjoy!

Greater Milwaukee Foundation
School District of Waukesha
Design Fugitives LLC
Sculpture to Celebrate Latino Community Public artwork being pitched for Cutler or Frame Park – by Cara Spoto This article originally appeared in the August 14, 2009 edition of the Waukesha Freeman. There are murals and markers celebrating the city’s springs era, monuments at Cutler Park that pa...

SHARP’s program positively impacts a diverse student population.