Annual Reports

Our past Annual Reports are in an easy-to-read format and are packed with stories about the success of our program.

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SHARP in the News

On April 3 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Lynda was part of a select group of the Milwaukee-area’s top businesswomen who served as mentors at the Milwaukee Business Journal’s annual Bizwomen Mentoring Monday .

SHARP Literacy is partnering in a new intergenerational “Read to Me” program.

SHARP President, Lynda Kohler, was chosen to be a mentor at Milwaukee Business Journal’s BIZWOMEN MENTORING MONDAY.  The event offers attendees the opportunity to choose a mentor for one-on-one coaching sessions through seven- minute conversations.  BIZWOMEN MENTORING MONDAY is Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Pfister Hotel.

SHARP President Lynda Kohler was interviewed by Andy Choi on 12 News This Morning on Sunday, February 19th at 8:45 am. Lynda explained two of SHARP Literacy’s newest unique learning programs for 2017.

SHARP Literacy has announced new learning programs for 2017.

Messmer Catholic students were very excited last week that team members from the Marquette University Golden Eagles men’s basketball team spent time with them and read to them as part of SHARP’s Reading With the Golden Eagles program.

See a video about the SHARP Literacy Reading with the Golden Eagles program at Brown Street Academy here.

Recently, the SHARP Education team was invited to give the Milwaukee Art Museum docents a presentation on best practices. SHARP Vice President of Education, Marisa Riepenhoff, was highly honored to lead this presentation for such an esteemed group that has been faithful to SHARP ideals over the years.

At A Novel Event 2016 we were pleased to honor Mayor Tom Barrett with the Literacy Champion Award.

At A Novel Event 2016 Mr. Richard Pieper was awarded the EDGE (Energizing through Dedication, Giving and Engagement) Award.

A Novel Event 2016 was a great success. You can view Andrea Williams’ interview with Lynda Kohler, President & CEO of SHARP Literacy and Cecelia Gore, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation here.

President and CEO of SHARP Literacy, Lynda Kohler, joined Live at Noon to talk about A Novel Event. The event’s keynote speaker is John Quiñones. Purchase your tickets for this spectacular event before October 10th at or 414-410-3204.

The seventh annual Summerfest  Rock ‘n Sole Run  presented by BMO Harris Bank will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 7:00 am. SHARP Literacy’s Kids Run to Read event will return for a fourth year immediately following the Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Run. Kids ages 3 – 12 can also register now for the Kids Run to Read at The 2017 Kids Run to Read will benefit SHARP Literacy, Inc. and Summerfest Foundation Inc.

Doug Erlacher talks with Thema Ponton on WISN 12 about SHARP Literacy’s A Novel Event on October 17th at the Pfister.  Purchase tickets by October 10th.

Books in the Barbershop program is a partnership with the Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee Public Schools, SHARP Literacy and Northcott Neighborhood House. Alderman Cavalier Johnson, along with Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton and Mayor Tom Barrett, will unveil the new program during a news conference.

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service features SHARP Literacy’s  summer program with Neighborhood House and the beautiful and unique mosaic bench students created.

Thank you, Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust! Students loved showing their creativity on the permanent public mosaic benches at Neighborhood House.

SHARP Literacy has partnered with Neighborhood House of Milwaukee to create a permanent mosaic bench for Neighborhood Garden Park.  The Urban Agriculture Bench was created by artist Sally Duback and students enrolled in SHARP Literacy’s Summer Learning Gain Initiative, an educational program offered at nine urban locations throughout Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Police Department Chief Ed Flynn gives back to the community by reading to students as SHARP Literacy kicks off its August Reading Initiatives, MKE Kids Read: Books for Keeps and Summer Reading Challenge.

Lynda Kohler, President of SHARP Literacy, recently joined Brian Noonan on Radio 620 WTMJ to talk about their summer programs to help students avoid the “education gap.”  Listen here.

Read about SHARP’s Summer Learning Gain Initiative kickoff on June 24 with Ryan Braun.

Thank you to all who helped with June 11th’s Kids Run to Read.

Lynda Kohler and Marquette Golden Eagles basketball team Coach Steve Wojciechowski promote SHARP’s 3rd annual Kids Run to Read event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Henry Maier Festival Park.

Lynda Kohler talks with Chuck Freimund about the Kids Run to Read in connection with Summerfest Rock `n Sole Run.

Lynda Kohler is interviewed by Thema Ponton on WISN-12

Listen to Lynda on KTI Country Connection.

Lynda Kohler talks about SHARP Literacy and McDonald’s unwrapped on Fox6’s real Milwaukee segment.

WTMJ 4’s Susan Kim compliments SHARP Literacy.

Lynda Kohler visited Young Authors Workshop

Libby Collins, host of 94.5 KTI’s Country Connection show, recently interviewed SHARP Literacy’s Lynda Kohler and sous chef Amber from Mr. B’s Steakhouse.  Lynda and Amber promoted the upcoming May 19 “McDonald’s Unwrapped” event as part of SHARP Literacy’s 20th anniversary celebration.  The interview will air on Sunday, May 1, at 5 am.

Lynda Kohler was  a mentor on Mentoring Monday which drew a big crowd of Milwaukee business women.

SHARP’s 13th We Love to Learn book,  Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City, promotes diversity. Watch on CBS 58

Fox-6 News covers SHARP Literacy’s celebration of Read Across America, March 2.

SHARP Literacy’s Read Across America celebration features state and local leaders.

Author and city blogger Adam Carr  discusses Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City on CBS 58.

SHARP Literacy is honored to have local dignitaries supporting its cause through Read Across America.

On Milwaukee writes in-depth article to feature SHARP Literacy.

Please listen to Lynda Kohler speak live about SHARP’s latest book, Explore MKE, February 20 at 4:07 pm on WTMJ 620.

WUWM features Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City

SHARP President Lynda Kohler, author Adam Carr, and student Kyaire Jamison discuss SHARP Literacy’s 13th We Love to Learn book, Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City, on Fox6 News.

SHARP Literacy’s 13th We Love to Learn book was unveiled January 31. See the book unveiling here.

Lynda Kohler and Adam Carr discuss SHARP Literacy’s 13th We Love to Learn book on Our Issues Milwaukee.

Ryan Braun unveils SHARP’s latest We Love to Learn book, Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City.

Third graders from Blessed Sacrament School recently learned about recycling and composting at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB).

Here’s a simple way to support SHARP this season. Click the link below, and a percentage of your Amazon purchase will go directly towards our educational programs! As always, thanks for your support! Support Sharp Literacy Inc by shopping at AmazonSmile.

SHARP Literacy receives the Herb Kohl Helping Hand Award on November 19.

SHARP and Victory team together to decorate Community Spirit Park.

Milwaukee Public Television’s The Arts Page Highlights Mural Collaboration

Click here to view a video picture montage of A Novel Event 2015.

CBS 58 interviews Henry Winkler about his role in promoting literacy.

CBS 58 highlights Henry Winkler’s appearance at SHARP Literacy’s A Novel Event.


SHARP (Student Historical Art Resource Program) Literacy has grown from a simple observation of how children react to art to an empirically sound educational initiative that has been proven to have significant direct educational benefits to students. Over 75,000 urban students in the Milwaukee area have had their lives touched by SHARP Literacy since 1996. Here is a map  showing where our current schools are located.  Our milestones at a glance:

School Year Students Served Participating Schools
2015/16 6,555 students 28 schools
2014/15 6,979 students 30 schools
2013/14 6,842 students 34 schools
2012/13 5,284 students 30 schools
2011/12 5,170 students 32 schools
2010/11 5,769 students 30 schools
2009/10 5,240 students 32 schools
2008/09 5,235 students 32 schools
2007/08 4,889 students 33 schools
2006/07 5,017 students 28 schools
2005/06 4,204 students 25 schools
2004/05 3,985 students 25 schools
2003/04 3,921 students 25 schools
2002/03 3,463 students 21 schools
2001/02 2,484 students 19 schools
2000/01 1,818 students 18 schools
1999/00 769 students 13 schools
1998/99 1,236 students 14 schools
1997/98 1,600 students 28 schools
/97 1,600 students 28 schools

Program Expansion

School Year Grade Expansion
/97 Grades 2 & 5
2001/02 Added Grade 3
2002/03 Added Grade 4
2009/10 Added Grade 1
2014/15 Added K5 Pilot
2015/16 Added K5
2016/17 Added K4 Pilot

We Love to Learn Books

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School Year Book Title
2004/05 Friends and Neighbors
2005/06 All Around Milwaukee
2006/07 All About Wisconsin
2007/08 Bullying: Is Anyone Listening?
2008/09 The American Dream and Greater Milwaukee Circle of Life
2009/10 Growing Up Strong and  Banking on Your Future
2010/11 Pat the Great Cat: A Jaguar’s Journey
2011/12 A  Busy Bee: The Story of Bella  the Honey Bee
2012/13 A Great Lakes Adventure: Salmon’s Journey Home
2013/14 There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City
2015/16 Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City

Community Murals

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School Year Mural Location
2002/03 St. Rose Catholic Urban Academy Messmer Preparatory Catholic School Urban Day 12th Street School Rockwell Automation
2003/04 General Mitchell International Airport Lake Express Ferry Terminal Celia M. Travis Academy Forest Home Elementary School
2004/05 Greenfield Elementary School
2005/06 Discovery World
2006/07 Marquette Alumni Memorial Union
2008/09 Anna F. Doerfler Community School
2010/11 Milwaukee Intermodal Station Freedom Mural at the War Memorial
2014/15 Moveable Feast Mural at Miller Park
2015/16 Urban Agriculture Mural at Neighborhood House – Garden Park
2016/17 Three Explore MKE Neighborhood Murals at Journey House, Our Next Generation, and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
2016/17 Urban Agriculture Mosaic Bench at Neighborhood House – Garden Park