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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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Welcome to Cluster!

Cluster still needs 15 more tutors for students on the waiting list. Did you miss the orientation for new tutors? Executive Director Kara Kalnitz gave a thorough explanation of the Cluster Tutoring program. In case you missed it — or want to see it again — here’s the entire PowerPoint presentation of all the nuts
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Staff spotlight: Devante Coppage

Devante Coppage started out as a Cluster student, but now he has become an integral part of the Cluster staff. Tutors and students alike are greeted by Devante’s smile when they sign in at 6:30. But his job as program assistant starts earlier than that. “I arrive about 5:30,” Devante says. “I set up the
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Tutor spotlight: Sylvia Menninga

Among the best resources at Cluster Tutoring are the libraries, which offer students a wide variety of books, flash cards, references, supplies, games, and other learning materials. And on Tuesdays, Sylvia Menninga has been the go-to librarian for at least 10 years. When Sylvia first came to Cluster, she was a tutor. When her student
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