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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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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

  • 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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