Community Message: SHARP Literacy Reading Programs with Marquette and Carroll Universities
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SHARP Literacy has announced details of the 2021/2022 student-athlete reading programs in partnership with the Marquette Golden Eagles men’s basketball and lacrosse teams, and the women’s soccer team, and the men’s basketball team. Ball Carroll University Pioneers. This is the seventh and fifth consecutive year, respectively, of SHARP’s partnership with Marquette and Carroll University on the reading program. This year’s Reading with the Golden Eagles and Reading with Pioneers sessions began in October and will continue through May.
The partnership provides elementary students participating in the SHARP Literacy educational program at Milwaukee and Waukesha area schools the opportunity to meet and read with student athletes. As part of the program, athletes spend time reading with K4 – 5and level students (in person with Carroll University Pios and virtually with Marquette Golden Eagles) and discuss the importance of reading in all aspects of their education. Athletes also share their childhood reading experiences with students and answer their questions. This is a unique educational opportunity for young SHARP students, according to Lynda Kohler, president and CEO of SHARP Literacy. “These kids light up when athletes walk into their classroom or appear on their computer screens. As the athletes share their personal stories, the children see how reading has made a difference in their lives. It’s an inspiring experience for the students, but also for the athletes, as they have the opportunity to serve as mentors and give back to their community.
In the 2021/2022 academic year, the Reading Partnership Program with the two universities will include participation from approximately 30 student-athletes and five Milwaukee-area schools, including Blessed Sacrament, Browning Elementary School, Granville Lutheran School, Kluge Elementary School and St. Martini Lutheran. School and two schools in the Waukesha area, including Whittier Elementary School and La Casa de Esperanza.
Both university partnership programs are based on community service. “I am very proud of our partnership with SHARP Literacy and its mission to inspire children to become lifelong learners,” said Shaka Smart, head coach of the Marquette University Men’s Basketball Program. . “Marquette student-athletes enjoy being part of the ‘Read with the Golden Eagles’ program and making a positive impact on the Milwaukee community. Carroll University’s partnership with SHARP offers athletes the opportunity to inspire young students, according to Paul Combs, head coach of men’s basketball at Carroll University. “This program offers our student-athletes the unique opportunity to share their love of learning and reading with younger learners. Community service is an important part of what it means to be a pioneer, and our partnership with SHARP Literacy helps us put that tradition into action.
SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a Milwaukee 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational program whose mission is to partner with educators to foster a love of learning and advance the future of children through innovative experiences and programs based on STEAM. The primary goal of SHARP Literacy is to provide elementary school students with an imaginative learning experience that builds confidence, self-esteem, and a greater awareness of the world. This year, SHARP Literacy, Inc. will impart foundational literacy skills to thousands of urban elementary school students and educators at 49 schools in Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha. For more information, visit www.sharpliteracy.org.