Station News


Imagination Station | Our NEW Kids & Families Event

Champagne on the Rocks | Our Gala Fund-raiser

Ready to Learn Conference | Coming in April

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

Military Workforce Symposium | A Great Event

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

WQPT Volunteer of the Year | Congratulations Joe Tirone

Imagination Station

Imagination Station

We have reinvented Imagination Station—a regional favorite (from the 1990's) into a children and family event aimed at having fun, with entertaining and educational activities for families that highlight the educational programming strength of PBS Kids. Although free, an admission ticket is required.

We were simply overwhelmed by the community's enthusiasm for Imagination Station! While we sold-out the event with days of releasing tickets, there's still a chance for you to get in on all the fun. Families can join the WQPT Kids Club before March 13 and receive tickets to the Imagination Station VIP party on Friday, March 20. Or be added to the Wait List, by signing up for our e-newsletter. (Simply note that you would like to be added to the Imagination Station Wait List.) You will be alerted if more tickets become available, as well as upcoming Kids and Family events.

Imagination Station is aimed at having fun with entertaining and educational activities for everyone. "Super special" guests include Mr. Steve, WordGirl, Arthur and other favorite PBS friends!

Learn more about WQPT's Imagination Station.


Champagne on the Rocks

We are happy to report that the 2015 Champagne on the Rocks fundraising event was a great success! Guests enjoyed a fabulous gourmet dinner, outstanding music and fun during our live auction at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport.

We would like to extend our gratitude to our Premiere Gold Sponsor, The Singh Group, plus our other key sponsors Expressions Jewelers, Hotel Blackhawk, Senior Start at Elmore, Staack Florist and Tennant Truck Lines.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors and everyone who attended. Proceeds benefit our quality programming and Educational Outreach initiatives.


Ready to Learn Conference

Ready to Learn

Since 1995 our Ready To Learn Conference has offered early educators and others an opportunity to get together to learn important, up-to-date information in their field, as well as receive professional development and/or college credit.

Early educators and others are invited to join us on Saturday, April 18 at Western Illinois University campus in Moline, for a morning of workshops on a variety of topics related to early childhood learning and development including: Sensory/Motor Integration, Creating Happy Learners, Balancing Instruction and Structure, Warning Signs of Poor Vision, Strategies for Supporting All Learners and other topics.

We are pleased to announce that this year we will also accept registrations online (begins March 9).

Participants receive training certificates for 3 hours of credit. Professional development credits (DEU/CPDU/CDA) will be available for an additional fee. A $25.00 registration fee includes a light breakfast, a free book and door prizes.

Registration begins later this month. Learn more


Davenport Jaycees
Donate $15,000

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Earlier this winter, 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. Learn more about Imagination Station.



WQPT Military Workforce Symposium

Military Workforce Symposium

Featured ImageWQPT's Military Workforce Symposium was held earlier this year. 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.


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.


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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