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How to keep students learning all summer

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  • June 20, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • reading, summer programs /
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School may be out, but that doesn’t mean learning needs to stop. There are plenty of resources for parents to keep students interested all summer long. The Illinois State Board of Education has released lists of helpful learning resources for families to use this summer to avoid the “summer slide” that too often keeps students
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Donut Day is coming on August 12!

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  • June 16, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • donuts, fundraising /
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Cluster is looking for 24 students, tutors, and parents to help us make donuts at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Aug. 12. The program can make $1,000 for one day of work. We are looking for folks to work one of three shifts. The first shifts start at 4 a.m., and the last
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Concordia offers summer READ program for students

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  • June 13, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • Concordia University, reading, summer learning /
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Concordia University in River Forest is holding a summer program aimed at improving students’ reading and writing skills. The READ program, or Reading Enrichment and Development, is being offered through the school’s Center for Literacy. Concordia graduate students will be available for one-to-one tutoring as well as general instruction for all students who sign up.
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Become a Superhero Reader at Chicago Public Library

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  • June 10, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • Chicago, Chicago Public Library, reading /
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The Chicago Public Library summer reading program is asking young readers to become Super Explorers to stop Dr. Brain-Drain at libraries throughout the city. Children up to age 13 can register for the CPL Summer Learning Challenge at any library starting June 19. There are four components to the program, which runs through Sept. 1:
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Tutor spotlight: Leonid Zaretskiy

When Leonid Zaretskiy retired after 20 years of doing research in a chemical lab, he knew he wanted to find an activity to help people. That desire to help led him to Cluster Tutoring. Leonid moved to the U.S. from Belarus 25 years ago, and he is a native Russian speaker. But his 6th-grade student,
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Cluster starts Summer Reading Program

Here’s a great way for students to keep up their reading skills over the summer. Cluster Tutoring is offering a summer program that will focus on improving reading skills, building vocabulary and comprehension, and preventing summer learning loss. The brand-new program is open to Cluster students currently in grades K-6. The program will be 6-8
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Buy kids’ books and help Cluster

Children’s books and Cluster Tutoring are a winning combination. On Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, you can buy some great kids’ books and help Cluster at the same time. Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Ave., will donate 20 percent of the cost of all books purchased on those two days to
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Volunteer spotlight: Our math coaches

Tutors come to Cluster with varying degrees of knowledge about different school subjects. But some — especially those who have been away from a classroom for many years — find helping their students with math homework frustrating. That’s why we’re so lucky to have three talented volunteer math coaches. Whether your student is having difficulty
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Save the date: May 25 party to celebrate tutors

It’s hard to believe that there’s only two months of tutoring left. But Cluster Tutoring wants to extend that by one week with a Tutor Social Event on Thursday, May 25. This will be a dinner for tutors from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at First United Church. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for
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Student spotlight: Joshua H.

For high school senior Joshua, the help he’s received from his tutor and Cluster in the last few years has been invaluable, especially in his college application process. Joshua, a senior at Steinmetz College Prep High School, started at Cluster Tutoring in the 5th grade and has been studying with tutor Bob Martin since his
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