Ready Set Go 2019: Summer Week 6


I have heard from many of you that you are already getting ready for the start of school.  The preparations include getting uniforms shirts, school supplies, and new book bags.  If you have already started or if you are waiting until the day before your scholar’s first day I want to share two tips that someone shared with me several years ago.  First, there are a lot of organizations in Cleveland that help families and students get ready for back to school.  This year Breakthrough Schools is partnering with Z107.9 to host the Braids & Fades back to school event on Sunday, July 28th.  Our kindergarten through eighth grade scholars will be able to come out for a day of fun and go home with a free haircut or braids.  There will even be school supplies while supplies last.  We are not the only ones helping scholars get ready.  The City of Cleveland will also host a Back to School Fair on Saturday, August 3rd at the Cleveland Public Auditorium.  The Friendly Inn Settlement will also have a Back to School Rally on Monday, August 5th.  The Breakthrough Schools Enrollment team will be at both of these events so stop by and see us.  My second tip for you is that if you do have to purchase supplies remember that the weekend of August 2nd through August 4th is the sales tax holiday in Ohio.  During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.

I hope this information helps to get you and your scholar ready for the first day.




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

July 28th – Z107.9 Braids & Fades Back to School event sponsored by Breakthrough Schools

Location: E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs campus gym on East 36th St between Superior Ave and St. Clair Ave

Time: 2pm-5pm

Get your scholars ready for the new school year with free haircuts and hair braiding, free school supplies, food, and games.  You can also complete your child’s school enrollment if you have not already done so!

August 1st – Cuyahoga County Family Fun Day

Location: Public Square

Time: 10:30am – 2pm

Lots of fun activities! •Bubbles •Crafts •Games •Face Pain􀆟ng •Slime• Splash Pad •School Supplies (limited availability) Get helpful information on county services and community resources.

Summer Reading Ideas Week 5

Ages 5 – 8


My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz by Monica Brown

by Monica Brown

This book is a biography of Celia Cruz, from her early childhood in Havana to her musical achievement and worldwide acclaim.

Ages 9 – 12


Inside Out and Back Again

by Thanhha Lai

The book was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and one of the two Newbery Honors. The novel was based on her first year in the United States, as a ten-year-old girl who spoke no English in 1975.

Ages 11 +


Other Words for Home

by Jasmine Warga

A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed. Jude never thought she'd be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria.

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!


Refer Your Schools!

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.

Please use the link below to refer your school to a friend or family member!

Leader Spotlight

Meet our newest Principal, Sophia Roy! Coming KIPP New Orleans, Sophia will be leading our newest middle school, Citizens Leadership Academy Southeast.