Letter from Tom and Lynda

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Letter from Tom and Lynda

Dear Friends,

The 2018-19 school year is speeding by quickly. As we look back on the year’s progress, we also look ahead. We wish to share with you a few exciting highlights.

  • This fall we were thrilled to receive the 2018 STEMMY award for our Create Art with Code (CAC) program, an innovative effort for 4th grade students at SHARP partnership schools. Through CAC, students create art using basic computer coding. The coding program is in five Milwaukee and three Waukesha schools.
  • In summer 2019, we plan to introduce a baseball coding program sponsored by the Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun. In fall we will be piloting a 5th grade coding program funded by Kohl’s Charitable Giving.
  • We are piloting a new K3 physical sciences curriculum in two schools this year (St. Anthony in Milwaukee and La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha). Our goal for the 2019-20 school year is to add three to five more schools.
  • SHARP is in the process of developing our 15th We Love to Learn book, Discover Waukesha, authored by Dr. Pilar Melero and illustrated by Sarah Luther. The book will be used in the SHARP’s 4th grade curriculum in Waukesha. To help develop the book’s content, Young Authors Workshops will be held in April and May.
  • SHARP students in Waukesha will collaborate with professional artists to create an interactive sculpture celebrating the Latino heritage in Waukesha which will be installed sometime this summer.
  • Our intergenerational Ovation Communities programs are going well at Sarah Chudnow and Chai Point. Seniors, fifth grade Victory students and fourth grade Messmer students completed a mural at Sarah Chudnow in Mequon. At our intergenerational program with Shorehaven in Oconomowoc, Shorehaven memory care unit residents and Whittier school students are in the process of creating a mural.
  • The aquaponics system at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center/Browning Elementary revitalized greenhouse has been installed and is now fully operational. SHARP classroom teachers have enjoyed experimenting in using this system with their students. They use SHARP’s urban agriculture curriculum in connection with our book, There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City.

You make these projects and many others possible. Thank you for your continued unwavering support of SHARP and our mission.


Tom Mroczkowski                                                         Lynda Kohler
Board Chair                                                                   President and CEO