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Why SHARP Works

SHARP is part of a network of dedicated partners, sponsors and educators— a community devoted to reaching urban students with innovative programs incorporating science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

Find out what the community is saying about SHARP’s efforts to spark curiosity in every student, showing them their unlimited potential to continue learning long after workshops are over.

How SHARP Impacts Students

  • “It felt cool to make an invention because maybe it could become real. It was hard to do the project, but it just got easier over time. As we worked together more, we stopped arguing. The best part was working with them. We sit across from each other, but we don’t know very much about each other.” – Genesis, Escuela Vieau
  • “I did coding with SHARP last year too. Today we went on Code.org and we tried something a bit harder than what we’ve done before. It was cool to see that you can use coding for programming.” – Keira, Forest Home Avenue Elementary
  • “Today I learned to make my own website! I’m SO excited.” – Emilio, Forest Home Avenue Elementary

How SHARP Impacts Educators

  • “I appreciate SHARP so very much! This program is a very special learning opportunity for our kids and they just LOVE it!” – Lisa Ewert, 3rd grade MPS teacher
  • “Thank you to all of you! I will never forget how you have helped me grow as a teacher through the partnerships, workshops, We Love to Learn book projects, mural projects, and on and on…know that you are appreciated too!” – Litza Psarras Janowski, Blessed Sacrament
  • “I would recommend SHARP workshops to other teachers because it not only engages the student, but it makes them practice critical thinking and analyze reading that will benefit the students. Students are able to learn and have fun while participating in class!” Marisa Cavero, Notre Dame School of Milwaukee

How SHARP Impacts Community Partners

  • “I love working with kids. You can feel the energy as soon as you see the kids. They give you a big smile and a hug.” – Ike Eke, Marquette University
  • “Our seniors enjoyed every moment of the kids visit! The connections made already on day one were truly amazing. We value our partnership with both SHARP and Whittier Elementary and are looking forward to wonderful reading/art days ahead!” – Nina Birschbach, Shorehaven Senior Living
  • “One of my favorite things about the partnership we have with SHARP is allowing our student-athletes to give back and continue to provide positive education to young people. It is much more than reading as they develop meaningful relationships and lifetime memories.” – Paul Combs, Carroll University

What Our Donors Say

  • “Donations from the A. O. Smith Foundation have been used to provide SHARP’s technology and art integrated curriculum. The foundation is honored to help bring SHARP to so many schools in the Milwaukee area.” – Rita Schwalbach, A. O. Smith Foundation

What Our Board Members Say

  • “I’m a mother of two young children who love hands on learning. Seeing how much my kids enjoy creativity and discovery makes me want every kid to have that opportunity. SHARP Literacy is bringing STEAM based curriculum to the community to shrink the educational gap that exists today, so every child has an opportunity to succeed.” – Jackie Bulkowski, Board of Directors
  • “SHARP Literacy students are fantastic and it is great as a Board Member to see their work and how our team provides these valuable opportunities for Milwaukee’s young people. Keep up the great work!” – Wendell Willis, Board of Directors
  • “Each of my children learn differently. In exposing my children to different learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom experience they have grown in their problem solving and determination when things are difficult. SHARP programs provide some of the same type of non-traditional classroom educational experiences that have been so central to my personal and professional development and which are critical for the development of my own children. ” – Schuyler File, Board of Directors

What Our Young Professionals Say

  • “I got involved with SHARP Literacy because I am passionate about its mission of partnering with educators to provide an engaging and hands-on learning environment for students throughout our community.” – Tom Olson, Young Professionals Board Member
  • “I appreciated the time we had to connect with SHARP’s leadership and staff, and I came away with a strong understanding of SHARP’s mission. I felt so empowered to go out and share the organization’s successes with my network.” – Camille Sherwin, Young Professionals Board President
  • “I joined SHARP because I believe in helping youth identify as confident, capable scholars and lifelong learners. SHARP opens up a wealth of possibilities for students with their hands-on STEAM programming, and I’m proud to support their mission.” – Kimberly Coticchia, Young Professionals Board Member