Ready Set Go: Summer Week 4

Hello Breakthrough family!

Welcome to Week 4 of Ready Set Go!

Last week I was asked about ways that parents and guardians new to the Breakthrough family can get involved. As a parent of two alums and an active volunteer for years, I've been involved in different ways and I wanted to share a few of them:

  • Join the Parent Advisory Committee at your school
  • Volunteer to open car doors during drop off and pick up
  • Assist your classroom teacher throughout the year
  • Grow the Breakthrough family by sharing your school with friends and family. Here's a link you can fill out that will help connect them.
  • Support Advocacy Efforts to secure full public support for your school (Email our Co-Founder John Zitzner directly).
  • Go canvassing with us. During the summertime we go canvassing in each school's neighborhood to let families know about our schools as an option for them. Contact me directly if you'd like to join. You'll get a free Breakthrough T-Shirt, too! 🙂

Thanks for all your interest and questions. Keep them coming!




Kareemah Williams
Parent of Two Breakthrough Alum (now in college!)
Former Board Member of Citizens Academy
Former Board Member of Breakthrough Schools
Current 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!

Summer Dancing Series: Urban Line Dance
7/10 - 8/28 6:30 - 8:30
Garfield Park Reservation Get your heart beating as you move to the rhythm of the night. Enjoy FREE urban line dance instruction in the park.

Cain Park Arts Festival
7/13/2018, 7/14/2018
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cain Park A juried fine arts and fine crafts event, featuring the work of up to 150 artists. Features restaurant-quality food concessions and entertainment. $5 admission; 12 & under are free. Admission is free on Friday.

Summer Reading Ideas Week 3

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


Tiger in my Soup

by Kashmira Sheth, Illustrator Jeffrey Ebbeler

3rd - 5th Grade


Brothers of the Knight

by Debbie Allen

6th - 8th Grade



by Kwame Alexander

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

Our enrollment events are a great way to visit our schools and complete your application at the same time.

Our Campuses

E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs
E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills
E Prep & Village Prep Willard
Citizens Academy
Citizens Leadership Academy
Citizens Academy East
Citizens Leadership Academy East
Citizens Academy Southeast

Families can also schedule a personal tour anytime. Please share this link below with any interested parents/families.

Student Spotlight

Hear from Samaje, a scholar at Citizens Academy. He was nominated as the Citizen of the Month by his school for living the virtue of Courage. Hear -- and see -- his story here. You'll see what we mean.

Citizens Academy
Breakthrough Schools Alumnus