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Linda Berry (left) and Pam Woelful of “The Reading Link”.

Linda Berry Receives Statewide Spotlight Award

A volunteer for the Kaskaskia College 'Read Link' is one of ten tutors statewide to receive this year's Illinois Press Association Spotlight Award.  Linda Berry began helping others learn to read in English after her retirement from Wal-Mart in 2008.  Berry says she loves books and can't imagine life without reading, especially for an adult.  So she decided to do her part and become a tutor.   

Over the years, Berry has tutored a number of students, including one from China and one from Vietnam.


As a Spotlight Award winner, Berry received a check in the amount of $200 for "The Reading Link" program and a number of books, one of which was autographed by Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White and a plaque commemorating the event.  White presented the awards to the ten tutors and ten students during a ceremony in Springfield.  

"The Reading Link" is Kaskaskia College's Adult Literacy Program. Services are provided at no cost to the learner.  For more information on "The Reading Link" at Kaskaskia College, please contact Pam Woelful at 618-545-3119.

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