Station News

December
2014

Davenport Jaycees $15,000 Donation | For New WQPT Event

Letters Home to Hero Street | A New Documentary

Our New Kids (& Family) Event | Imagination Station

Military Workforce Symposium | A Great Event

Word Girl Visits WIU-QC | Helps WIU-QC Celebrate

Master Control moves to Peoria | A New Partnership

WQPT Volunteer of the Year | Congratulations Joe Tirone

WQPT Initiatives | Embracing Our Military & Stop Bullying

Davenport Jaycees Donate $15,000

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In November, the Davenport Jaycees presented WQPT with a check for $15,000. The funds will be used for our new event Imagination Station—a fun, family event coming in March 2015.

Be sure to read below about our new family event, Imagination Station.

THANK YOU DAVENPORT JAYCEES!

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Letters Home to Hero Street

Letters Home to Hero Street is a new documentary produced by WQPT and Fourth Wall Films which focuses on the letters sent home from one of the eight soldiers, whom died during World War II and the Korean conflict—and who also all lived on 2nd Street in Silvis, Illinois. The street is now known as "Hero Street" in their honor.

We hope you'll join us for the FREE premiere of the documentary on Thursday, January 15 at 6:00pm. Held at Our Lady of Guadalupe 800 17th Street, Silvis. Light refreshments will be served before and a question and answer period will follow the screening.

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Our New Kids (and Family) Event

Military Workforce Symposium

We're pleased and excited to announce our new (totally awesome) event for kids and families... WQPT's Imagination Station. We've reinvented this regional favorite (from the 1990's) into a children and family event aimed at having fun, with entertaining and educational activities for families that draw on the educational programming strength of your PBS Kids favorites.

This event is sure to fuel a child's imagination and spark career discovery. More details will be posted soon, but the event will feature: fun with favorite PBS friends; educational activities; demonstrations, entertainment; career exploration and much more.

Stay tuned for details about WQPT's Imagination Station.

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WQPT Military Workforce Symposium

Military Workforce Symposium

Featured ImageWQPT's Military Workforce Symposium was held earlier this month. More than 100 attendees were able to engage with 9 workshops, 47 employers and other agencies, who were on hand to help members of the military and their spouses take their military experience into the civilian workforce. The event included an Active Job Fair, education, resource booths and workshops. There are post-event resources available on the Military Workforce Symposium web page.

Featured ImageJeff Carr, President of Association of the United States Army (AUSA Rock Island chapter) presents Jamie Lange, WQPT Development Director with the Certificate of Recognition for WQPT's work with the military this year.

In addition, Joe Tirone (2014 WQPT Volunteer of the Year) received the Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero Award for his work with the station on our Embracing Our Military initiative and Jason's Box.

We are pleased to offer post-event resources available located on the Military Workforce Symposium web page.

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Word Girl Helps WIU-QC Celebrate

Featured ImageWestern Illinois University faculty, staff and their families enjoyed a special Block Party in September. The fun included a special appearance by Word Girl which helped to make the afternoon truly special.

About WordGirl

WordGirl is a PBS KIDS series from Scholastic Media and Soup2Nuts that chronicles the adventures of Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered fifth grader who, at the call of duty, transforms into WordGirl—caped crusader and definition dynamo, debuted as a series of on-air and online shorts in November 2006.

WordGirl airs weekdays on WQPT at 3:30pm.

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WQPT Moves Master Control

Featured ImageJoe Rives, Vice President for the Quad Cities and Planning at Western Illinois University (left), along with WTVP President and CEO Chet Tomczyk (middle) and WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess (right) shake hands after WQPT officially switches master control operations to our sister station, WTVP in Peoria, Illinois.

"Chet and his Engineering team made sure that the Master Control switch was seamless," said Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager.

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2014 WQPT Volunteer of the Year

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In the summer of 2014 we announced Joe Tirone as the recipient of WQPT's Volunteer of the Year award. Joe Tirone serves on the task force for WQPT's Embracing Our Military. Joe has given a significant amount of his time and talents to steer the course of this regional initiative.

Thank you, Joe and congratulations. Pictured above with Joe are: Jamie Lange, WQPT Development Director (left) and Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager (right).

Learn more about becoming a WQPT volunteer.

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WQPT Special Initiatives

As your regional PBS station, our mission is to act in the public interest not only through our programming, but also by engaging with the communities we service on issues of importance in their lives. Two initiatives Embracing Our Military and our Stop Bullying.

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Led by WQPT–Quad Cities PBS, the Embracing Our Military initiative raises awareness of important issues to the military community. It is an on-going community based dialog through 2015. Look for special events and programming each month that promotes this project.
Learn more and view the calendar of upcoming events.

 

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Bullying continues to be one of the top factors in a students decision to drop out of school. The Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education (CARE QC) initiative was designed to help the region rally around this important issue and encourage the sharing of resources and best practices.

WQPT provides a springboard for outstanding resources, including the Cyber Savvy, Cyber Safe Survey.

Background brief: Led by WQPT Quad Cites PBS, Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education (CARE QC) is a community collaboration of area non-profits addressing bullying in our communities. Last year WQPT aired several anti-bullying programs, held community conversations and hosted a televised discussion with guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Caudle.

Learn more about our Stop Bullying initiative.

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