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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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Tutor spotlight: Maggie Farren

If tutor Maggie Farren looks more like one of the Cluster Tutoring students than a tutor, there’s a good reason for that. Maggie is only 17 and a junior at Oak Park River Forest High School. But Maggie, who has three younger siblings, realized that she loves to work with younger kids. So last year,
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Tutor spotlight: Linda Moore

All it took for Linda Moore to start tutoring was a call-out in church for volunteer tutors. After that, it didn’t take long for her to become hooked. “I fell in love with it,” she said. “It’s part of what I do.” This is Linda’s ninth year in tutoring and her second year tutoring Styles,
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Giving Tuesday: Donate to help students succeed

Why donate money to Cluster Tutoring? One reason is 10-year-old Derrick. Derrick started at Cluster as a 1st grader. In the three years he and his tutor, Amy, have worked together, he has improved three grade levels in reading. “When we are together, Derrick uses his tutoring time really well,” Amy said. “We are really
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Staff spotlight: Beverly Singleton

Whether you’re the tutor of a high school student, the parent of one, or a teenager yourself, you’re going to find out quickly that Beverly Singleton can offer assistance in steering high schoolers toward their next steps. Beverly is Cluster’s program specialist for Project Next Step, a new program specifically aimed at those in high
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Tutor spotlight: Lia Colbert

Lia Colbert thought she was ready to switch careers and become a teacher. But she decided to use the knowledge she gained in her education classes and apply it to Cluster Tutoring. “I was actually going to change my field to education,” said Lia, who works in a cytopathology technology laboratory. “I had taken a
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Tutor spotlight: Jackie Eckholm and David Wilson

What David Wilson and Jackie Eckholm love about Cluster Tutoring is the fact that they learn as much as their students. “It’s amazing how much you learn at tutoring, like when you’re helping your student find information when they’re writing a paper,” said David, who has tutored for nine years. “It’s one of my favorite
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Tutor spotlight: Dave and Janet Kenealy

Dave and Janet Kenealy have 18 years of tutoring between them. They didn’t start out at the same time, but they’re both committed to serving in multiple ways. Dave started tutoring about 10 years ago. “I just saw a notice on the First United Church bulletin board,” he said. Since then, he has tutored three
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