Ready Set Go: 2021 Week 2

Hello Breakthrough family!

It was great to hear from many of you last week with so many great questions.  Last week I told you about the resources available on the Family Resource page of the Breakthrough Schools website

This week let’s talk about the benefits of exercise this summer.  You have probably heard that exercise makes us feel better, it helps us remember new things, concentrate on difficult tasks, and even correct mistakes in decision making.  Exercise allows us to make new connections and learn new material. It encourages cell growth necessary to grow the brain in childhood, and slow the natural aging process later in life.  Physical activity can actually help your child learn.  Now that summer is in full swing here are some ideas to help your child get physically active and boost their learning:

  1. Play a game of tag
  2. Take a hike through one of the Cleveland Metroparks
  3. Set up an obstacle course in the backyard
  4. Jog around the neighborhood
  5. Get involved in a sports program at your local Recreation Center

Talk with you next week,




Kareemah Williams
Parent of Two Breakthrough Alum (and now college graduates!)
Managing Director of Enrollment & Engagement
(216) 367-5720 |

Neighborhood Events

This is a list of community-sponsored, family-friendly events in and around Cleveland. These are not school-sponsored events, we just wanted to share some things to do during the summer if they are interesting to you!

America‘s Second Independence Day Celebration
Fri, June 18 I 2:00 p.m.
Spoken Word Performance
Cleveland Public Library Glenville Branch Garden
Visit to register

Cleveland Juneteenth Freedom Fest
Saturday, June 19th, 2021
12:00pm - 10:00pm Mall C, Downtown Cleveland
For more information:

B-Buzz Baseball
Just in time for Father’s Day, B-Buzz Baseball and the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative are teaming up for a Game of Catch!
Saturday, June 19, 2021, 9 am until Noon.
For more information log on to

Take & Make Bags
Celebrate the Summer Solstice by picking up a Take & Make
bag, for adults or children!
Monday, June 21st, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, while supplies last
Cleveland Public Library Harvard-Lee Branch
16918 Harvard Ave., 216-623-6990

Summer Reading Ideas Week 2

Here are some recommended age-appropriate books for summer reading. These are not mandatory at all, we just wanted to share some summer reading ideas if you are looking for them for your child.

K - 2nd Grade

Hair Love

by Matthew Cherry & Vashti Harrison (2019)

Based on the Oscar-winning short film, this is the story of Zuri, her dad, and her hair. Zuri's hair is beautiful, but it can have a mind of its own. A wonderful book that celebrates the love of fathers and daughters, as well as putting black hair front and centre.

3rd - 5th Grade

Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters

by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by: Andre Carrilho

Pour the lemonade, climb aboard the porch swing and prepare to pass the time listening to these nine original stories hung on the bones of the “slicksters, tricksters and other wily characters” the author came to know and love as a child growing up in the rural south.

6th - 8th Grade

Amari and the Night Brothers

by B.B. Alston

Quinton Peters was the golden boy, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. This story is full of fantasy, mystery, and magic.


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!

Village Prep Willard | Breakthrough Public Schools

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 six campuses throughout Cleveland and currently still have openings for next year in most grade levels.

Summer Enrollment Events

We have a fun-filled summer planned, and we would love for you and your scholar to join us for these enrollment events over the next few months.

Kindergarten at Breakthrough!

Hear from Chief Academic Officer, Andrew McRae, as he shares more about our kindergarten program, what makes it unique, and why parents choose kindergarten at Breakthrough.