Illinois Press Association Spotlight Award Presented to Linda Berry of Kaskaskia College’s “The Reading Link”

Linda Berry of Centralia was one of ten recipients of the Illinois Press association’s Spotlight Award.  The award is given annually to ten tutors and ten learners in a ceremony held in Springfield, Illinois.


Mrs. Berry is a volunteer tutor for “The Reading Link” program at Kaskaskia College.  She began helping others learn to read in English after her retirement from Wal-Mart in 2008.  “I love books,” Mrs. Berry said.  “My house id filled with bookshelves, and I can’t imagine a life without reading, especially for an adult.  So, I decided to do my part.”


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


As a Spotlight Award winner, Mrs. 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 Jessi White, who presented the award, and a plaque commemorating the event.


“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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