Greetings from Board Chair Tom Mroczkowski and SHARP Literacy President and CEO Lynda Kohler

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Greetings from Board Chair Tom Mroczkowski and SHARP Literacy President and CEO Lynda Kohler

Dear supporters of SHARP Literacy,

It may be summer, and families may be taking vacations, but at SHARP, we continue to impact the lives of many Milwaukee students. We are grateful to individuals and organizations who share SHARP’s mission and passion for helping others and making a difference. We are excited to share a few highlights from this summer:

For the fourth year, Summer Learning Gain Initiative (SLGI) is once again in full force with the goal of eliminating the loss of the achievement gains the students made during the previous school year. Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun kicked off the 2018 SLGI and encouraged and challenged kids to read. Over 400 students are participating in the eight-week SHARP summer program. Thanks to Ryan Braun, Brewers Community Foundation, and WaterStone Bank for supporting this popular and successful program! Our arts-integrated program is bringing science and literacy to life through experiential learning and the arts to 8 community partner sites: Kluge School, COA Riverwest, Journey House, NeuLife, Neighborhood House, Our Next Generation, SSNC Browning and SSNC Thurston Woods, Milwaukee Christian Center and at 2 MPS sites (J term at Starms Discovery and Summer Academy at Cooper School).

SHARP is also making learning come to life with our greenhouse revitalization project at Browning Elementary School with partners MPS, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, MSOE, Johnson Controls, WaterStone Bank, and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center. SHARP’s summer, after-school, and core programming at Browning School are aligned with the greenhouse project.  Students from Silver Spring Neighborhood Center this summer will learn financial literacy and horticultural skills through the urban agriculture curriculum. Students engage in hands-on art making with individual take-home projects as well as a collaborative project to stay on site.

In addition, Silver Spring Neighborhood students have planted and are tending to six vegetable garden beds located at Westlawn Community Gardens. The garden beds also provide students the opportunity to learn about the importance of community, stewardship, and environmental responsibility. At the end of summer, these students will harvest the healthy vegetables and enjoy the produce with their families.

All these learning experiences have become possible for our children because of your ongoing generous support.  Thank you so much!

Gratefully,

Lynda and Tom