CINCINNATI - Bright students from low-income families are taking advantage of a tuition-free program this summer. Breakthrough Cincinnati is a non-profit program held at the Cincinnati Country Day School.
Participants take on rigorous academic projects on weekdays during summer breaks. The program continues on weekends during the school year.
Executive Director Blair Lanier sees it as an opportunity to help the Cincinnati community.
"Breakthrough wants to tackle two things: Tighten the achievement gap in our area and tap into the talent and knowledge of students from every community in Cincinnati," she said.
Lanier joins a team of college students and recent graduates who teach at the program.
Directors of the program received applications in March to admit students into the program for the summer. Breakthrough accepts fifth-graders with hopes that they will remain committed to the program until ninth grade.
Kiyana Gordan joined Breakthrough in 2004 as a fifth-grader. Gordan will be a junior in college this year and returns to Breakthrough as an administrator.
"When you see the faces of all the students that you fought so hard for to make sure they're coming back and really able to get the entire four-year Breakthrough experience, it's such a wonderful moment," she said.
This summer, Breakthrough had 107 students and 40 teachers participate in the program.
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