Kaskaskia College’s “The Reading Link” Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

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 church. 


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.​

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