An annual dinner honoring “Reading Link” volunteer tutors
was held at Kaskaskia College’s Lifelong Learning Center on Wednesday, November
6, 2013. Volunteer tutors from
throughout the college district were recognized for their selfless devotion of
increasing the literacy skills and confidence of adult learners.
“The Reading Link” was formed to help combat illiteracy in
the five counties of the Kaskaskia College District. By volunteer tutors, the program provides
free tutorial services to adult learners in the areas of reading, writing,
math, computer literacy, and English as a Second Language (ESL). The tutorial services are provided on a
one-on-one basis in a convenient public setting such as a library, school, or
The following volunteers attended the Appreciation Dinner
and received Certificates of Appreciation:
Jerry Agnew, New Minden; Kirk Balding, Centralia; Linda Berry,
Centralia; Rose Marie Caldwell, Centralia; Tom Cawi, Highland; Naomi Crowell,
Centralia; Lucy Ervin, Centralia; John Garrett, New Baden; Phyllis Harmening,
Centralia; Mary Hayes, Centralia; Julie Hummert, Breese; Duane Luebbers,
Carlyle; Ray Richert, Hoffman; Barb Rudy, Trenton; Linda Summers, Nashville;
and Will Summers, Nashville.
In addition, several volunteers received special awards in
relation to their tutorial services.
Below is a list of the recipients:
Volunteers receiving service awards were: 5 Years of Service-
Jerry Agnew of New Minden; Linda Berry of Centralia; Lisa Hart of Breese; Ruth
Hughes of Centralia; Linda Kuhn of Centralia; Judy Kleiboeker of Shattuc; and
Dave Rodden of Carlyle. David Rogers of
Patoka received his 10 year pin, Jeanette Hoeinghaus of Kinmundy received her
15 year pin, and Ray Richert of Hoffman and Beverly Wheatley of Centralia both
received 20 year pins.
Extraordinary volunteers honored included Phyllis Harmening,
Judy Kleiboeker and Linda Kuhn of Centralia; Linda Summers and Will Summers of
Nashville; Jerry Agnew of New Minden; Kendell Walker of Odin; Charlene Heskett
of Sandoval; Judy Fark and Earl Hieber of Salem; and Mary Pennington and Barb
Rudy of Trenton.
Honored as Rookie of the Year was Rose Marie Caldwell of
Centralia, and Mary Hayes, also of Centralia, was named Volunteer of the Year.