Tragil Wade-Johnson Summer Reading Program


young girl and dwyane wade at table in classroom

The 2024 Tragil Wade-Johnson Summer Reading Program takes place the weeks of June 17-21, June 24-28, and July 8-12. Eligible children are entering 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grades, need extra reading help, and are able to attend daily during the three weeks of the summer program.

See program flyer for more details:

2024 Tragil Wade-Johnson Summer Reading Program flyer

Starting in June 2015, the Hartman Center kicked off its inaugural Live to Dream Summer Reading Program funded by the Wade’s World Foundation, the charitable foundation of Marquette alumnus Dwyane Wade. This partnership will further the Center’s mission of preparing future teachers and supporting Milwaukee’s schoolchildren in a new and inventive way.

Expanding upon its successful model running during the academic year, the summer reading program will enroll second- and third-grade children who attend one of the Center’s partner schools. Children will be bussed to campus for two hours of instruction five days a week, for six weeks. The tutors in the Center will be recent graduates of Marquette’s College of Education who are newly licensed teachers. Twelve tutors will work with small groups of five children per classroom, for a total of 60 children.

In addition, the tutors will receive professional development throughout the summer to further enhance the skills garnered in their time on campus. At the end of the summer session, they will be even better prepared to start their careers as teachers and teach the next generation of learners.

Check out this video of our surprise visit from Mr. Wade

Since 1992, the Hartman Center has been preparing tomorrow’s teachers and supporting today’s readers. Programs like the Live to Dream Summer Reading Program along with continued partnerships and donations will ensure that we continue to do so long into the future.

Support the Tragil Wade-Johnson Summer Reading Program

For more information about the Hartman Literacy and Learning Center, please contact the center director, Dr. Kathleen Clark, at or the program coordinator, Mary Krawczyk, at or (414) 288-7617.