Ready Set Go 2019: Summer Week 7

Hello families!

The start of school is only a little over a week away.  The school day at most of our schools ends between 3:15 and 3:30. If you are working, in school yourself, or for whatever reason need care for your child during the hours after the school day ends and before you can pick them up there are some after-care options that some of our families use.

Rainy Institute provides engaging arts education programming to children of all ages.  Students are able to discover and develop their talents in dance, drama, music, and visual arts after school, on weekends, and over the summer.  Contact 216-881-1766 for more information.

Open Doors Academy’s Middle School Programming includes mentoring, opportunities to complete their homework and receive academic support through small group evening tutoring, service- learning projects, and enrichment programming.  They also incorporate project-based learning experiences, team-building exercises, mindfulness practice, service learning, and field trips. Open Doors Academy is currently available at our Cliffs and Woodland Hills campuses. Call 216-229-1900 for details.

Citizens Academy schools offer an on-site before and after-care program for their kindergarten – 5th grade scholars.  The program is structured as an enrichment program providing diverse age appropriate activities including, visual and performing arts, crafts, games, tutoring, homework time, and sports.

Many of our schools offer after school activities.  The offerings vary by campus and by semester.  Some examples include basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, tutoring, and robotics.  Please check with your campus to find out what is being offered this semester.




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

8/5/19 – Central Neighborhood Back to School Rally from 12pm – 4pm at Friendly Inn Settlement (2386 Unwin Rd)

Snacks, entertainment, school supplies, haircuts for boys, hair braiding for girls and boys, dental screenings, and physicals

8/10/19 – Esperanza Back to School event Saturday, August 10 at 9 a.m. in the Esperanza Parking Lot. (3104 W 25th St.)

Esperanza’s Back to School Celebration provides backpacks filled with school supplies free of charge to over 1,200 low-income students living in our community. The event also provides a venue for over 30 nonprofit community organizations (from Preschool to health care institutions) that provide services that can enrich the lives of our students and parents. In addition, the kids have a great time with face painting, arts and craft projects, educational giveaways, balloon animals and more. This event assists families and single-parent households struggling with limited resources, to obtain the necessary tools and support services their children need to start the school year ready to learn.

8/10/19 – Glenville Festival 12pm to 6pm at Sam Miller Park

Join the Glenville Festival at Sam Miller Park on Saturday, August 1st at 12pm and the first ever fireworks show, food truck, ribs, music, and more!

Summer Reading Ideas Week 5

To Read Together


Where Are You From?

By Yamile Saied Mendez

In which a girl who is asked where she's really from turns to her abuelo for the answer.

Emerging Readers


Hotel Dare

by Terry Blas

Olive and her adopted siblings Charlotte and Darwin are spending the summer with their estranged grandma at her creepy hotel and it’s all work and no play. They’re stuck inside doing boring chores but they soon stumble upon an incredible secret... Behind each room door of the hotel lies a portal to a different strange and mysterious place. The simple turn of a knob transports them to a distant magical world filled with space pirates. Behind the next door are bearded wizards. Down the hall is a doorway to a cotton-candied kingdom. But once the doors are opened, worlds start colliding, and only one family can save them before they tear themselves apart.

Ages 11 +


Midsummer's Mayhem

by Rajani LaRocca

Can Mimi undo the mayhem caused by her baking in this contemporary-fantasy retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?

Eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson comes from a big Indian American family: Dad's a renowned food writer, Mom's a successful businesswoman, and her three older siblings all have their own respective accomplishments. It's easy to feel invisible in such an impressive family, but Mimi's dream of proving she's not the least-talented member of her family seems possible when she discovers a contest at the new bakery in town. Plus, it'll start her on the path to becoming a celebrity chef like her culinary idol, Puffy Fay.

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!

Video Spotlight

The head of LEGO Education North America heard about our LEGO Robotics Program in our elementary schools, and was so impressed that she flew out from Boston to Cleveland to meet with our students!! Check out this short video (made by Breakthrough alumnus Brandon Peck) featuring our scholars and our Educator of the Year, Anne-Marie DiFranco!