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

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.

In partnership with Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), McDonald’s, WaterStone Bank, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County and Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), SHARP Literacy, Inc. has unveiled mini library kiosks at 23 local McDonald’s restaurants to promote the launch of the “Reading during Summer Reading Challenge.”

Kids Run to Read was a great success (June 13, 2015)

SHARP’s all-city Young Authors’ Summit featured in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (May 8, 2015) Pictures

Young Authors’ Summit (May 8, 2015)

Kids Run to Read 2015 Co-chairs Announced (May 6, 2015)

SHARP unveils latest We Love to Learn book (April 12, 2015)

Lynda Kohler and Patti Gorsky address the audience at the 2nd annual Driven To Achieve Awards (March 21, 2015)

SHARP Education Staff attended the National Writing Project Enhancing Literacy through Art workshop at the Milwaukee Art Museum (March 21, 2015)

You are invited to April Friends Day

SHARP Staff Attend “Enhancing Literacy Through Art” workshop at the Milwaukee Art Museum (March 7, 2015)

Mayor Barrett reads to SHARP students at Read Across America (March 2015)

SHARP Literacy Expands Program Through Community Partnerships (February 18, 2015)

SHARP’s Young Authors’ Workshop (Spring 2015)

Lynda Kohler and student Latrelle Jackson talk about SHARP’s latest book on WISN-12 (January 17, 2015)

WUWM Public Radio interview about SHARP’s 12th We Love to Learn Book (January 14, 2015)

We Love to Learn Books

There Grows The Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City review from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Woman of Influence-April 30, 2014

Ken Berry Visit-April 24, 2014

Shepherd Express: Heroes of the Week, April 2014

CBS58-Making Milwaukee Great, April 2014

88Nine RadioMilwaukee, January 2014

Driven to Achieve

Kids Run to Read

Read Across America
The Mayor reads Pat the Great Cat at BEAM

Over $35,000 donate to SHARP through Miracle on Canal Street-Fox6
Ann Wydeven, Visual Arts Specialist, helps homeless men deal with stress through art.  JSOnline-December 16, 2013
We Love to Learn book A Great Lakes Adventure links students in Milwaukee to students in Mexico-TODoS@Cicese-November 11, 2013

We Love to Learn Book Reading at Boswell Books


My24Milwaukeee: Our Issues, -Interview with Nandini Sinha, V.P of Fund Development and Gail Kraig, Catholic East Elementary School Principal, aired September 19,2013

A Novel Event 2013 Media Coverage 


Fox6 Milwaukee: A SHARP student from BEAM talks about the Bee Quilt
May 22-Interview with TMJ4: Wisconsin Tonight: SHARP President/CEO Lynda Kohler talks with Mike Jacobs and Carol Meekins about the “Honey Bee Quilts” .
JSonline is buzzing about SHARP May 19, 2013
Radio Milwaukee Interview aired May 17, 2013
Morning Blend
Full Novel Event Media Schedule

In the News Archives


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
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

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

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