SHARP Literacy unveils mini libraries at local McDonald's to encourage students reading before school is back in session

In partnership with Milwaukee Police Department, McDonald's, WaterStone Bank, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County and Milwaukee Public Schools, and Hunger Task Force, SHARP Literacy unveiled the creation of mini libraries at nearly two dozen local McDonald's restaurants.

The libraries will be stocked with books for students to read and take home through August 23, or while supplies last.  Books are being supplied by Stop Summer Slide! a group of agencies which, in addition to United Way, MPS and HTF, includes NewThreads of Hope, Milwaukee Public Libraries, MPS Rec, IMPACT Inc., and the Milwaukee Fire Department.

 In addition, SHARP has partnered with MPD, McDonald's and WaterStone Bank to promote reading and healthy snacking through a reading challenge for elementary school students, August 3-9.  

Through this program, students who pledge to read a book in August and bring it into one of 125 participating McDonald's restaurants in southeastern Wisconsin will receive a free healthy snack to enjoy.  Students may also pledge to read a book at a designated WaterStone Bank branch and receive a coupon for a McDonald's healthy snack.  

The program was featured Monday on \"Our Stories with Michele\" on the CBS 58 News at 4 p.m.

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