MARC Tutor awarded the William Cook Spirit of Learning Award

The Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC) has presented Christina Carpenter with the William Cook Spirit of Learning Award.

MARC held a reception to announce the renaming of the organization’s annual award in memory of the William Cook, a longtime MARC Board member and supporter. The award will be given annually to an individual demonstrating a dedication to literacy and an enthusiasm for continued education.

“Christina was a perfect fit for the award. She works hard and is committed to MARC.This is the model Mr. Cook set for us and we are pleased to honor his legacy with this award,” stated Kristen Kohn, MARC’s Executive Director.

Christina Carpenter, with Harriette Cook and Kristen Kohn

MARC Board Secretary Shirley Pyle shared, “Bill was so dedicated to MARC and the concept of one-on-one tutoring so it is fitting that a tutor who works diligently, as Chrissy does, be recognized with this award named in his honor. I’m pleased Harriette Cook could be at the presentation ceremony. Bill always gave her at least half the credit for everything their partnership accomplished.”

Since 1986, the Montcalm Area Reading Council has provided free literacy education to benefit the greater Montcalm area. MARC is dedicated to the principle that all people should be functionally literate. To become a volunteer tutor, please visit or call 616-754-1391 ext 4.


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