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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President’s Message

  • SHARP is continuing to grow by adding new programs that change the lives of children throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha.  SHARP Literacy will be at 11 community centers in Milwaukee and Waukesha County for the 2017 SHARP Literacy Summer Learning Gain Initiative.

Donations of art supplies for this worthy endeavor to help prevent summer slide in urban children are needed. The deadline is May 20, 2017. Your generosity gives young children the tools to develop their reading, writing, and research skills while gaining cultural experiences in our area. Approximately 500 children from Milwaukee and Waukesha will be taking part in the Summer Learning Gain Initiative.

Here is the list of needed art supplies.

You may purchase items directly and have them shipped to:
Daryl Johnson
Director of Arts Integration
SHARP Literacy
5775 N. Glen Park Road, Suite 202
Milwaukee, WI 53209

OR you may send a check to the address above or donate here:
On behalf of our students we thank you and all our gracious donors and supporters.  Your donation truly makes a difference.

  • For the past 20 years SHARP Literacy has worked to change the lives of underserved children. The journey to where SHARP is today has taught us a lot about where SHARP needs to go in the future. To help SHARP pursue its goal of bringing literacy to the children of Milwaukee, and now, Waukesha Counties, we are developing a new website that will better serve the needs of the children and the community. We look forward to continue seeing the community join with us as we pursue our goal to expand SHARP’s influence and make a tangible difference in the lives of our children. The goals, purpose, and determination shared by the community and SHARP have motivated us to continuously re-evaluate and revise our curriculum and methods. We believe that we cannot remain static but must change with the times. Changes have included an increased use of technology, a much greater emphasis on community partnerships, and expanded field experiences that reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom setting. All the changes we put into place are motivated by the desire to do what is best for our children. Thank you for your support in 2016 and continued support in 2017.
  • Thank you for attending A Novel Event. It was a huge success!
  • SHARP Literacy’s A Novel Event 2016 was a fabulous success! John Quiñones’ uplifting and inspiring message was enjoyed by all! Thank you all for coming. You can watch an interview with John Quiñones here.
  • Mitch Teich from Milwaukee Public Radio interviewed John Quiñones last week for his program, Lake Effect, 89.7 WUWM. That recorded interview is scheduled to air on Lake Effect at 10:00 am, Wednesday, October 5th. John Quiñones is the keynote speaker for SHARP Literacy’s A Novel Event 2016. Purchase your tickets by October 10th to hear John Quiñones speak at A Novel Event:, email:, or call 414-410-3204.
  • I am excited to announce a new partnership.
  • During the SHARP/MPD/McDonald’s Books For Keeps Program, the Milwaukee Police Department distributed 8,130 books to McDonald’s kiosks in the city of Milwaukee during a 3 week period.
  • SHARP Literacy is a 2016 Heart of Canal Street signature charity. See the list of signature charities.
  • SHARP Literacy continues to make news as part of its partnership with Neighborhood House.
  • One of SHARP’s summer programs culminated in a beautiful way!
  • SHARP Literacy was honored to have Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Department Ed Flynn read to students to kick off our August Reading Initiatives, MKE Kids Read: Books for Keeps and Summer Reading Challenge
  • Fox6’s Katrina Cravy features SHARP Literacy’s summer programs that combat the summer slide.
  • SHARP Literacy’s 20th Anniversary celebration continues to receive news coverage
  • It was both a thrill and an honor to encourage and congratulate our young runners at Kids Run to Read.
  • I am excited that SHARP’s 3rd annual Kids Run to Read will happen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Henry Maier Festival Park. It is a pleasure to have Marquette Golden Eagles basketball team Coach Steve Wojciechowski as co-chair for the event.Today’s TMJ4  gave us the opportunity to talk about the event.
  • Lynda Kohler and Daryl Johnson participate in Mitzvah Day.
  • SHARP’s summer programs are being planned and readied; one will be at Neighborhood House Milwaukee.
  • Kids Run to Read is coming soon.
  • McDonald’s Unwrapped event promises to be an entertaining evening.
  • SHARP continues to promote our 13th We Love to Learn book, Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City.
  • SHARP is proud to have published its 13th We Love to Learn book, Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City. Its emphasis promoting diversity has been well received – see the CBS-58 video here.
  • Watch the CBS-58 video of Governor Walker reading to students at St. Anthony School for Read Across America.
  • Read Across America was celebrated at SHARP schools on March 2.
  • Thema Ponton from WISN-12 interviewed Lynda Kohler and Kyaire Jamison on February 21 about SHARP’s 13th We Love to Learn Book, Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City.
  • The buzz surrounding SHARP’s 13th We Love to Learn book is amazing!
  • SHARP’s 13th We Love to Learn book, Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City, was featured on Fox6 News.
  • View SHARP Literacy’s 13th We Love to Learn book being unveiled here.
  • January 31 was a special day for SHARP Literacy as it unveiled its 13th We Love to Learn Book, Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City.
  • SHARP Literacy sponsored a special Young Authors’ Workshop at Discovery World on January 25.
  • Third graders from Blessed Sacrament School recently learned about recycling and composting at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB).
  • Please support SHARP Literacy this holiday season. By clicking this link, Support Sharp Literacy Inc by shopping at AmazonSmile, a percentage of your Amazon purchase will go directly towards our educational programs!  We truly appreciate your support!
  • American Education Week is November 16-20. SHARP has a lot of activities this week at the schools.
  • SHARP Literacy recently garnered the Herb Kohl Helping Hand Award. You can view the award letter here.
  • Milwaukee Public Television‘s The Arts Page Highlights Mural Collaboration
  • WTMJ 4’s Susan Kim interviews Henry Winkler following A Novel Event
  • Keynote speaker Henry Winkler delivers strong message at SHARP Literacy’s A Novel Event
  • Henry Winkler promotes SHARP Literacy in WISN-12 interview.
  • Latest SHARP mural was unveiled August 21.
  • CBS 58 spotlights MKE Kids Read: Books for Keeps
  • Kids Run to Read was an exciting and fun event (June 13, 2015)
  • Morning Blend features SHARP’s Upcoming Kids Run to Read event (May 22, 2015)
  • SHARP helps with Mitzvah Day (May 21, 2015)
  • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service features SHARP Literacy’s All-city Young Authors’ Summit (May 8, 2015)
  • SHARP Literacy hosted an all-city Young Authors’ Summit on Friday, May 8.
  • SHARP Literacy was recently featured in Messmer Catholic Schools’ spring 2015 newsletter. What a fantastic testimonial to the efficacy of the SHARP program! Please follow this link to read the newsletter article about SHARP Literacy. Thank you, Messmer! (April 22, 2015)
  • We Love to Learn book unveiling (April 12, 2015)
  • Driven to Achieve Awards (March 21, 2015)
  • March 2015-SHARP staff attend literacy workshop (March 21, 2015)
  • You are invited to April Friends Day
  • SHARP Literacy was featured in a December 20, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article written by Allan J. Borsuk. Please click here to access this timely, informative, and inspiring article.
  • March 2015-Read Across America: Alderman Michael Murphy extends his appreciation to SHARP Literacy
  • January 2015-The Morning Blend
  • March, 2014-Read Across America
  • January, 2014-A SHARP Lesson and visit from 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
  • December, 2013-New Board Members, New Schools, and a New Book
  • November, 2013-A Busy Fall for SHARP
  • June, 2013-SHARP students, BRIGHT Futures
  • April, 2013-It’s Writing Challenge Time!
  • March, 2013-First Grade Expansion Update
  • February, 2013-SHARP and Stem
  • January, 2013-New Year, Same Goal