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Cleveland Scholars to Enjoy Reunion, Learn About College Opportunity

Breakthrough Schools partners with CSU to promote post-secondary education

Breakthrough Schools and Cleveland State University have teamed together to promote post-secondary education, while offering a chance for classmates to reunite with each other. Breakthrough Alumni who are now juniors and seniors in high school will enjoy a reunion, luncheon and presentation on Saturday, Feb. 23. Special breakout sessions for parents/guardians will be held during the student reunion segment. Harlan Sands, president of Cleveland State University, will be speaking to the students during the luncheon.

Now the third largest K-8 school “district” in the Cleveland area, Breakthrough serves K-8 students across 11 schools in urban Cleveland. Upon 8th grade graduation, scholars transition to dozens of high schools across greater Cleveland and beyond.

“Our end goal at Breakthrough is to enable success in life for our urban youth," says Eric Baumgartner, alumni relations leader at Breakthrough Schools. "Ideally, we want to continue supporting our scholars in every phase of their journey after 8th grade, and to return them to a vibrant, self-sustaining Cleveland economy. This reunion is our inaugural alumni relations event. Not only will our scholars have a chance to reconnect, they will learn about the tremendous opportunities available at Cleveland State University.”

Over 140 alumni from 31 high schools have registered for the event. All 2015 and 2016 graduates of Breakthrough Schools are encouraged to join. For more information about the event, or to register, please contact Eric Baumgartner at