Ready Set Go: 2021 Week 4

Hello Breakthrough family!

Last week we talked about the benefits of exercise for children and their growing brains. This week let’s talk about another way we can help children get ready for school. The hot days we have had are a great time to cool off at your local public library. In addition to having a variety of books available for every age and reading level the library also offers a variety of activities and services that children and families can participate in over the summer.

At the Cleveland Public Library scholars can participate in the Summer Lit League – A World of What-Ifs. Summer Lit League is an eight-week program that challenges children and adults alike to read for a chance to win prizes. The summer reading initiative runs from June 7th - July 31 and registration is still open. There are also tutoring sessions, a kindergarten readiness program, and online storytime. Check out all of the events and services that the Cleveland Public Library offers at

The Cuyahoga County Public Library also offers a summer reading program called Tales and Tails. The program runs from June 5th - August 15th. Participants in the summer reading program track their reading to earn midpoint and completion prizes, and grand prize raffle entries. Registration is open on the library website. The county library also offers Summer Fun which is a program that is designed to beat the summer slide and get a running start into the next school year while making learning fun. The program includes free STEAM learning activities, lunches, and the library reading program. The library is also offering free mentoring by appointment for students in grades 1-6 who are at risk of falling behind after a year of interrupted learning, or who simply need some extra help going into the new school year. Mentors are available in-person and virtually to help students with math, science, language arts and other subjects. Visit the library website at for more information on the events and services offered.




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!

Cleveland – Light Up the Lake Fireworks
The free, family-friendly event will begin at dusk over Lake Erie from the Port of Cleveland’s Dock 20. Attendees are encouraged to head Downtown to safely take in the best fireworks display in Northeast Ohio from a variety of viewing areas in and around Downtown Cleveland.

Where: Various viewing locations around Downtown Cleveland
When: Sunday, July 4, 2021; 8pm-12am


A New Activity Every Day
Join the Cleveland Public Library every week on YouTube for new activities. Activities include Maker Mondays, Write to Read Wednesdays, and Thoughtful Thursday where you can pick up Take and Make kits from you local library branch.
Where: Cleveland Public Library
When: Monday - Friday

Summer Reading Ideas Week 4

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

Diary of a Worm Cover | Breakthrough Public Schools

Diary of a Worm

by Doreen Cronin 

Doreen Cronin has done it again with this first person narrative told from the point of view of a boy worm. This book introduces the concept of a diary in a fun way. Young readers will identify with all the escapades of a worm, as he interacts with family members, goes to school and vacations at Compost Island. Children will laugh and learn facts in a fun way while learning to appreciate living creatures.

3rd - 5th Grade

El Deafo Cover | Breakthrough Public Schools

El Deafo

by Cece Bell

Cece Bell lost her hearing at age 4. Now, she wears a hearing aid. The device is big and awkward and it makes fitting in at school difficult. But once she discovers that it lets her hear things others can’t, such as the teacher talking in the next room, she finds a way to fit in with her classmates: by becoming El Deafo, a Listener for All! This sweet and funny memoir, drawn comic-book style and based on the author’s life, is a story about being different and about turning challenges into superpowers.

6th - 8th Grade

5 Tigers Cover | Breakthrough Public Schools

The Five Ancestors series

by Jeff Stone

In this adventure series, we meet five foster brothers who were raised in a temple by warrior monks. When their temple is destroyed by one of their former brothers, the grandmaster orders them to uncover the secrets of their past. Now, each brother must use his skills and training to discover his own destiny and the truth behind their betrayal. Young martial arts fans will love the kung-fu-filled action in this fast-paced series, which nicely balances fighting with slapstick humor. When the boys split up, each book in the series follows a different brother’s adventures. A great series that is sure to lure kids away from video games.

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!

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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.

3 Reasons to Choose 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.

  1. We're committed to early literacy. Our curriculum ensures that from day 1, young scholars will develop reading skills that they’ll use for the rest of their life.
  2. Your child will discover something new every day through hands-on, joyful learning experiences and interactive specials.
  3. We are wholeheartedly committed to your child's success in life! We'll warmly welcome you and your child on that first day of kindergarten, and be there for their college graduation, offering support and encouragement every step of the way. When you join Breakthrough, you join a family, you join a tradition, you join an entire community dedicated to the success of your scholar.