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Special honor for a tutor and her student

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May 22, 2008

Americus--A south Georgia woman committed to helping adults learn to read and one of her students were honored together tonight.

Gail Hooks has worked tirelessly with Americus Literacy Action Incorporated for 15-years.

Every year, the group gives its Angel Award.

On Thursday they renamed that award in her honor.

The first Gail Hooks Literacy Award went to S.T. Sampson, tutored by Hooks since 2002, when at the age of 63 he decided to improve his reading skills.

Sampson explains why he needed a tutor.

"To improve my reading, and sometimes I had to carry the Sunday school lesson over."

"She deeply believed that education was the key to the future, I've heard her say over and over again that education is something nobody can ever take away from you," said Sen. George Hooks, (D) Americus.

At its annual meeting Thursday night Americus Literacy Action also honored volunteers, tutors, students, and long-term supporters for raising the literacy rate in Sumter and surrounding counties.

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