Family, friends, teachers, and students gathered for Celebration at the Saint Margaret’s campus Saturday night to commemorate the end of Breakthrough SJC’s 10th successful summer. This summer, Breakthrough SJC served 81 rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students and 20 teaching fellows from prestigious universities around the nation and from local high schools. Highlights of Celebration included inspiring testimonials from teachers and students, student performances, and a College Bound commencement.

Dulce Morales, a Breakthrough teacher attending Syracuse University, is among the many teachers that make a difference at Breakthrough SJC. Dulce stated, “Before you know it, (the students) will be graduating with their degree in hand. Breakthrough truly is dynamite and I am truly happy to be part of the Breakthrough family.” Breakthrough SJC’s College Bound commencement included 18 rising high school students who have successfully completed three full summers at Breakthrough.

During Celebration, two Breakthrough students gave their testimonials on how they have benefited from Breakthrough SJC. According to Chloe Abracosa, a rising 8th grader in the program, “My favorite thing about Breakthrough is that you can become anything you want to be. Now that I see how much I’ve changed, I can’t imagine my life without Breakthrough.” Ulises Ramirez went on to say “the teachers make me feel like I am in a big family.” The Breakthrough family is excited about the successes of their summer and is ready for a great school year!