Ready Set Go 2019: Summer Week 1

Hello families!

My name is Kareemah Williams.  I am the Director of Community Engagement and Enrollment here at Breakthrough Schools.

I am also the parent of two Breakthrough alums that are now in college.  I want to welcome you and your scholar(s) to Breakthrough Schools.

As you begin your journey with Breakthrough Schools you will receive our summer communication, called Ready Set Go.

Each week you will hear from me with tips on getting ready for the upcoming school year, books that you and your scholar can enjoy together, and family friendly event ideas that you can take part in.

If you ever have a question or if I can help in any way, please send me an email or give me a call.




Kareemah Williams
Parent of Two Breakthrough Alum
Former Board Member of Citizens Academy
Former Board Member of Breakthrough Schools
Current Director of Enrollment & Engagement
Office: (216) 367-5720

Upcoming Summer Events

Making Tunes: Virtual Rock Band
Cleveland Public Library Hough Branch
June 7th 1:00pm – 2:00pm
It’s time to rock out!!! Have you ever wanted to create your own songs and vocal recordings, or play a variety of virtual instruments? Join us for this digital jam-session and learn how to use Apple’s GarageBand to create your own sounds and melodies. Learn how to create your own virtual rock band and get started on the path to Rock and Roll glory!  No musical experience is required, but a ‘good ear’ for harmony never hurts! Basic computer, mouse, and typing skills are required.

Kindergarten Club
Cleveland Public Library West Park Branch
June 12th 10:30am – 12:00pm
K-Club prepares your child (ages 4 to 6) for Kindergarten and builds support their first year of school.  Enjoy fun family learning activities, giveaways, free school supplies, and a free meal for the family at each session.  Other children in the family (age 12 and under) are welcome to attend. Registration is required.  Call 216-623-7115 for more information or to register.

Spectrum Community Impact Day
Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center
Saturday June 15th 11am – 2pm
Each year, Spectrum celebrates local communities by hosting a Community Impact Day and you are invited to join in on the fun!  We’re hosting an outdoor resource fair at the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center in Cleveland – come check out the nonprofit booths, Spectrum recruiters, food trucks, live music and performances, REAL 106.1 spinning music, giveaways from aspireTV and special guest: Chef G. Garvin!

Summer Reading Ideas Week 1

Ages 2-5


Please, Baby, Please

 by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

A toddler's antics keep her mother busy as she tries to feed her, watch her on the playground, give her a bath, and put her to bed.

Ages 4-8


I am Enough

by Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)

This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another—from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.

Ages 8-12


Twintuition: Double Vision

 by Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry

From actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry comes the story of tween twins Cassie and Caitlyn and their discovery that they have the ability to see things before they occur! This is the first book in the popular Twintuition series.


Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved at your school specifically, or with me at the citywide level, let me know. We always welcome parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents interested in volunteering and getting involved in several ways. Email me here or call me at 216 367 5720 and ask for Kareemah. I look forward to hearing from you!


Spread the Word

If you know someone you might want to enroll their child/ren in our schools, please let them know we would love to have them. We have seven campuses throughout Cleveland and currently still have openings for next year in most grade levels.

Next Enrollment Events
Book a Tour! M-Th, 9am - 3pm
Parent Info Session: July 18th

Please share this link below with any interested parents/families.

Alumni Spotlight

We recently caught up with Breakthrough Alum Erick. Hear about his time in middle school, high school, and about his plans for college and beyond.

Breakthrough Alumnus
Hawken School Grad 2018
The Ohio State University Class of 2022