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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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Student spotlight: Duane W.

High school senior Duane isn’t letting his multiple jobs keep him from finishing school or getting into college. Duane and tutor Norma Jenkins have been working together since Duane was in 6th grade. He’s now a senior at Legal Prep Charter Academy, and for the last few years he’s been working at Chipotle and a
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Lou Malnati’s pizza! It’s what’s for dinner

Save the date of Wednesday, March 8, for a Fundraising Giveback Event at Lou Malnati’s in Oak Park. Lunch or dinner, thick or thin pizza, dine in, carryout, or delivery — it all counts. Lou Malnati’s will donate 20 percent of total sales when you show them the fundraiser flyer, either a paper copy or
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Student spotlight: Kichelle C.

High school senior Kichelle is part of a tutoring tag team with her tutor, Holly Saunders. Holly tutors both Kichelle and her sister, Kiley, a high school junior. It’s an unusual arrangement, but it works. And it has worked for the trio since Kichelle and Kiley started at Cluster back in the 2nd and 3rd
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Student spotlight: Jordan B.

Between going to school, working two jobs at Chipotle and Forever Yogurt, and soon starting his spring sport of volleyball, Jordan spends a lot of time commuting. But even if it means 1 1/2 hours on two buses, he makes sure he gets to Cluster Tutoring every week. Jordan started at Cluster when he was
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Student spotlight: Deron D.

When Deron joined Cluster in the 6th grade, he was behind grade level in his reading skills. Now that he nears high school graduation, he’s 10th in his class at Urban Prep Academy and headed for pre-med studies in college. Oh, and he’s been accepted at eight universities. So far. This is the seventh year
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Newberry, Caldecott, King prizes given for top kids’ books

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  • January 23, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • American Library Association, Caldecott award, Coretta Scott King award, Newberry award /
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Books about a preteen witch hunted by humans, an illustrated story about an African-American artist, and a graphic novel about the civil rights movement written by a civil rights hero are among the books honored this year by the American Library Association. The 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal for illustration went to Javaka Steptoe, illustrator and
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It’s National Mentoring Month

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  • January 14, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • mentoring, National Mentoring Month /
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Tutors are mentors, too, because we do more than just help with academics. With a mentor, at-risk students are: 52 percent less likely to skip school. 55 percent more likely to enroll in college. 46 percent less likely to start using drugs. 81 percent more likely to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities. 78
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Student spotlight: Terria O.

Terria O. has been coming to tutoring since she was in the 1st grade. Now that she’s in 7th grade and 12 years old, she can see how far she’s come and how much she’s learned. And it’s not just about academic achievement. “My tutor has helped me with being able to focus more and
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Be a chemist at the library over winter break

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  • December 25, 2016 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • Chemistry, Chicago Public Library, reading /
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The Chicago Public Library is sponsoring a winter break reading challenge called “Mix it up!” Through January 9, students can learn about chemistry by cooking with an adult, making your own bubble solution, or trying an experiment. Students can earn a prize by doing the following: Read a book, magazine, or website about chemistry for
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