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Virtual Community: SHARP Video Series

Read With Me: Video Series

Our Read With Me series provides unique opportunities for students to virtually read aloud with local celebrities.  Join your favorite community leaders, sports figures, news anchors, radio hosts and more as they share their favorite stories!


Kristin Pierce – WISN 12 News

Reading the children’s book The Day You Begin is WISN 12 News anchor Kristin Pierce.  This book is a great story about how different we all are, yet how we are all still the same. Thank you Kristin for reading with us!


Lance Allen – TMJ 4

Reading with us again is TMJ 4 main sports anchor Lance Allen!  We are happy to have Lance back and this time he will be reading a book that he read to his twins when they were little, Leo the Lightning Bug.

Carl Deffenbaugh – FOX 6 News

Reading with us is FOX6 News Anchor, Carl Deffenbaugh, alongside his cohosts, Zara and Lyla. Because of their Scandinavian background, Carl and his daughters decided to read, Viking in Love, by Doug Cenko. Thanks for reading with us Carl, Lyla, and Zara!

Montse Ricossa – CBS 58/Telemundo Wisconsin

Gracias Montse! We are delighted to have our amiga, Montse Ricossa from CBS58/Telemundo Wisconsin read with us, We Laugh Alike/Juntos nos reimos in both Spanish and English!

Derrick Rose – WISN 12 News

Reading, Little Black Girl Oh, the Things You Can Do! by Kirby Howell-Baptiste is our friend, Derrick Rose from WISN12 News. Thanks so much for reading with us Derrick!

Cyreia Sandlin – WISN 12 News

We are so grateful to have Cyreia Sandlin from WISN 12 News read Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Pfister. Thanks for reading with us Cyreia!

Natalie Shepherd – CBS 58

Natalie Shepherd from CBS 58 joins us as she reads The Snail and the Whale, a tale by Julia Donaldson. Thanks so much for joining us Natalie!

Mike Strehlow – CBS 58

We are so grateful to have our friend, Mike Strehlow from CBS 58 News read a Ukrainian folktale called The Mitten by Jan Brett. Thanks for reading with us Mike!

Lori Fredrich – OnMilwaukee

Much like The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, you definitely can’t judge this adorable tale by its cover! We are honored to have our friend, Lori Fredrich from OnMilwaukee, read with us today. Thank you, Lori!

Amanda Becker – CBS 58

Join CBS 58’s Amanda Becker as she reads the lovely tale of Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. Thanks so much for joining us Amanda!



SHARP Focus on STEAM: Video Series
Watch our series of educational videos on YouTube.  These are fantastic videos that provide young learners with a wide range of lessons – from science exploration activities, to STEAM-focused/earth-friendly art projects.

Community Art: Hands on Learning

SHARP’s community art projects provide children with the opportunity to express themselves through art. Each piece starts with research about a particular topic. Students then write about what they have learned and further express it through the visual arts. The students collaborate as a team to create a large-scale project that later is often displayed in the community. Each installation is a beautiful, visual exploration of a specific subject as seen through the eyes of our children.

Artists like Paul Bobrowitz, Sally Duback and Vedale Hill have guided SHARP students to transform their art into finished pieces. Dozens of projects have been installed throughout Milwaukee — at General Mitchell International Airport, Discovery World, Miller Park and many other locations.

 Typeface Two – Milwaukee
Artist Reggie Baylor interacted and observed students from MPS’s Anna F. Doerfler School through the creative process in their art classes.  From one-on-one meetings, Reggie created this mural which is on display at Quad MKE.  Click here to learn more!

 Helping Hands – Milwaukee
Artist Vedale Hill collaborated with St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, Kluge Elementary, Rogers Street Academy and Swallow Elementary students on this Bronzeville mural.

Our Eyes On The FutureMalaika Early Learning Center

Malaika 3rd graders used math problems to design paint by number panels assembled by artist Vedale Hill into a finished mural.


Caras de WaukeshaFrame Park
Alberto Villalobos, Design Fugitives and Banting and Summit View Elementary students worked together on this sculpture marking the contributions of the city’s Latino community.


 Lake CountryShorehaven
Seniors from Shorehaven in Oconomowoc and students from Whittier Elementary in Waukesha collaborated to create this Lake Country-themed mural.


Explore MKEOvation Sarah Chudnow
Approximately 25 5th grade students from Messmer St. Mary School & 15 seniors from Ovation Sarah Chudnow worked together to create the mural, Explore MKE. Ovation Communities sponsored the project.


Connected by Code Brianna’s DreamMSOE Grohmann Museum
Approximately 25 4th & 5th grade students in SHARP’s Design Through Code program created the mural. It was sponsored by MSOE, Wisconsin Arts Board & Northwestern Mutual.


Eagle CodersForest Home School
25 Forest Home 4th grade students in SHARP’s Design Through Code program created this mural. It was sponsored by MSOE, Wisconsin Arts Board, Mary Nohl Foundation & Northwestern Mutual.


Discovering WaukeshaCarroll University Campus Center
SHARP Literacy partnered with Carroll University and the School District of Waukesha to create a “Discovering Waukesha” mural at Carroll University Campus Center Artist Sally Duback led the project, with 150 second and third grade students participating from Banting Elementary School, Summit View Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School and La Casa de Esperanza, all in Waukesha. The mural includes landmarks, cityscapes and elements of Waukesha communities that make Waukesha a unique and special place to live.


BeePrairie Springs Environmental Education Center
SHARP Literacy, Inc. partnered with Carroll University’s Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center to create three mosaic “Bee” murals. Artist Sally Duback led the project, with 130 second grade students participating from Banting Elementary School, Summit View Elementary School and Whittier Elementary School in Waukesha. The “Bee” murals were based on SHARP Literacy’s We Love to Learn book, A Busy Bee: The Story of Bella the Honey Bee.


Drop to Dinner Neighborhood House Garden Park
Artist in Residence Sally Duback, SHARP Literacy staff and Neighborhood House summer program students created a mural depicting urban agriculture. The Drop to Dinner mural at Neighborhood House’s Garden Park was unveiled on August 21, 2015.


Movable Feast(Originally installed in Miller Park)
SHARP students from Lutheran Special School and Education Services worked with Milwaukee-based artist Sally Duback to create a mural based on SHARP’s 12th We Love to Learn book, There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City.


FreedomWar Memorial
Students from Doerfler, Forest Home, St. Martini and Trowbridge Schools wrote themes on the meaning of freedom and used them to create the images that became a mural installed in the War Memorial.


TransportationIntermodal Station
SHARP Literacy staff worked in collaboration with the United Neighborhood Community Centers of Milwaukee to guide over 400 students in grades 3-6 to research and complete writing assignments about transportation needs in our community. The types of transportation the children studied are represented in this beautiful mosaic.


Greater Milwaukee Circle of LifeMarquette University Alumni Memorial Union
This mural was part of an ambitious four-year collaborative project to bridge racial and cultural divides. Students at five participating schools researched, read and wrote about the heritage and customs of their own cultures while also learning about other cultures. The resulting mosaic illustrates Greater Milwaukee’s rich ethnic, social and religious diversity.


Anna F. Doerfler Community School
Doerfler elementary school students used their research, language and social studies skills to study four major holidays (Thanksgiving, Three Kings Day, the Fourth of July and Day of the Dead) that are meaningful for the predominantly Hispanic/Latino community at the school. Students worked with Milwaukee artist Sally Duback in making the holiday scenes come to life.


The Evolution of TechnologyDiscovery World
This mural project partnered SHARP students from Irving J. Seher School with children from the Don and Sallie Davis Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee to create The Evolution of Technology, based on studies about the role technology plays in our history and lives. The mural features mechanical and robotic pieces from Rockwell Automation, the primary sponsor for the mural.


Greenfield Elementary School
Students in grades 2-5 at Greenfield Bilingual Elementary School participated in the creation of this mural. Each grade generated a panel based on the writing assignment tied to their individual grade’s curriculum.


Mosaic of CultureWe Energies CommunitiesGeneral Mitchell International Airport
A collaborative effort between SHARP, We Energies and Milwaukee County, the Mosaic of Culture mural was installed at General Mitchell International Airport on the 2nd Floor skywalk. Approximately 1,000 3rd grade students from eight schools created this mural.


Lake Express Ferry Terminal
To create this mural, SHARP students used a newly developed social studies curriculum based on People of Michigan/People of the World. About 500 4th grade students from two schools created the mural for the ferry terminal that provides high-speed service between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Muskegon, Michigan.


Ceria M. Travis Academy

Students in grades 3-4 at the academy created a mural for their school after studying communities around Milwaukee.


Building a NationForest Home Elementary School
Students in grades 3-5 at Forest Home Avenue Elementary School worked with artists to create a mural based on the fifth grade unit, Building a Nation. The project reinforced students’ learnings about the American Revolution as well as promoted diversity and cultural awareness.


Four SeasonsSt. Rose Catholic Urban Academy
Working with artists in residence, 2nd grade students created a mural for their school based on their studies of weather and the seasons.


Messmer Preparatory Catholic School
Based on their research and study of the Milwaukee community, 3rd grade students created a mural to display in their school.


Building a NationUrban Day 12th Street School
Based on the curriculum, Building a Nation, 5th grade students created this mural.


Mosaic BenchNeighborhood House Garden Park
SHARP Summer Learning Gain Initiative students worked with Artist in Residence, Sally Duback.