Station News

April
2016

Ready to Learn Conference | For Educators, Parents and Others

A Farewell to Downton Abbey | WQPT Studio Society

Champagne on the Rocks | Our Gala Fund Raiser

New Short Subject Program | Exploring with Mr. Scott

Jaycee's of the QC Donation | Imagination Station

Volunteers Honored | Celebrating Service to WQPT

Teens for Tomorrow | Big Donation for First Book Program

Ready to Learn Conference

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Since 1995, WQPT’s Ready To Learn Conference has offered early childhood educators and others the opportunity to get together and learn important, up-to-date information in their field and receive professional development credit.

The conference will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Western Illinois University–QC in Moline.

The conference offers workshops on a variety of topics related to early childhood learning and development, including: dramatic play, integrating science and literature, healthy sexual development, creating safe environments for children and other topics.

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A Farewell to Downton Abbey

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In March, WQPT Studio Society members participated in a special screening and High Tea in honor of the Downton Abbey finale at CityView Celebration at Trimble Point. Studio Society members enjoyed the event with other Downton Abbey fans who laughed and cried as they bid friends—both upstairs and downstairs—farewell.

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Champagne on the Rocks

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Earlier this year Champagne on the Rocks guests enjoyed a fabulous gourmet dinner, entertainment and fun during our live and silent auctions at our gala fundraising event.

We would like to extend our appreciation to our sponsors, including Merrill Lynch, Bank of America Corporation, The Singh Group; Expression Jewelers and The Outing Club.

In addition, we would like to thank you the businesses, organizations and friends who donated a wonderful assortment of outstanding auction items. And to our wonderful attendees and bidders!

Thank you all for helping to make our 2016 Champagne on the Rocks an outstanding success! Proceeds benefit our quality programming and Educational Outreach initiatives.

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Exploring with Mr. Scott

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Earlier this year we launched a short subject program, Exploring with Mr. Scott, which is designed to help encourage children ask questions, try different ways of using materials and offer them a wide range of new experiences.

Exploring with Mr. Scott features Scott Brouette, the assistant director for Western Illinois University-QC Student Affairs and program director for the Western Illinois University–QC/WQPT AmeriCorps Early Childhood Literacy Project.

According to Lora Adams, WQPT–Quad Cities PBS Director of Marketing and Local Content, the series presents parents and caregivers with easy, inexpensive or free ways—whether it is a new way to look at trees or a fun, new way to spell their names—to interact with children to help kids discover the wonders surrounding them.

"Young children learn through exploration and play. When children are encouraged to explore the world around them with the people they love, learning becomes a very powerful principle of their lives," Brouette noted. Learn more

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Jaycee's Donation

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Recently the Jaycees of the Quad Cities presented WQPT with a gift of $10,000 for WQPT's family-oriented event Imagination Station. “Supporting local kids and families has always been at the heart of the Jaycees. This event reaches a large number of kids and is a fun way to celebrate learning and interaction,” said Jaycees of the Quad Cities, President Jennifer Kincaid.

In 2014, Jaycees of the Quad Cities took over Brew Ha Ha from WQPT. The Jaycees of the Quad Cities utilize proceeds from Brew Ha Ha to support a variety of regional projects, including Imagination Station. “Brew Ha Ha is a great event and a lot of hard work but it’s important to remember the reason for our efforts. Supporting community projects with both our time and our treasure makes us feel really proud. Investing this time of year is an added bonus,” said Neil Berthiaume, 2015 Brew Ha Ha Chair.

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Volunteers Honored

EmmyCongratulations to Norma Juarez (left) named our 2015 Volunteer of the Year for her work at our front desk and help with Letters Home to Hero Street. Special recognition to Margarita Lawson (right) for volunteering more than 1,000 hours to WQPT. We are grateful for the support and dedication all of our volunteers provide to the station. Thank you!

Learn more about becoming a WQPT Volunteer.

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Teens for Tomorrow Donate to WQPT First Book Program

Teens for TomorrowTeens for Tomorrow made a gift to the WQPT First Book program to help low-literate, low-income children receive books throughout the school year and learn how to use them to increase their literacy skills. WQPT was honored to receive this funding assistance.
Learn more about our First Book program

Teens for Tomorrow (T4T) is a youth philanthropy group for high school students from Rock Island County in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. These young leaders become philanthropists by learning about community needs, developing a grant opportunity, evaluating applications, making site visits, and awarding grants. Each year, T4T awards a total of $10,000 to nonprofits meeting a variety of needs in the Quad City Area. Learn more about Teens for Tomorrow

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