June 14, 2016
A $50,000 grant from United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is helping launch the first SHARP Literacy program in Waukesha County. SHARP’s literacy programs are tailored to help K5 through fifth grade students build reading, writing and researching skills through visual arts.
The new Waukesha County program is unique because it will implement a K4 curriculum for the first time in SHARP’s program history. By beginning the SHARP program at the K4 level students will have early access to an interdisciplinary vocabulary instruction which will prepare them to be better readers as they grow.
SHARP's pilot project will take place at La Casa de Esperanza Charter School. La Casa, a United Way program partner is located in downtown Waukesha and has a predominantly Hispanic population. The school is growing and adding a grade each year, enrolling K4 through 1st grade for the 2016-2017 school year. All students at the school will participate in the SHARP program.
United Way’s grant will help fund the cost of curriculum development, books for students, and workbooks for students and teachers, classroom learning tools and grade appropriate educational tours. The grant will also help develop a new K4/K5 We Love to Learn book (14th in the series).
SHARP’s expansion to Waukesha County is also aligned with the work of Milwaukee Succeeds, extending these promising practices into Waukesha County. The new K4 curriculum will address the goals of the Quality Early Care and Education Network through increasing kindergarten-reading readiness.