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WQPT Moves Master Control | A New Partnership

WQPT Volunteer of the Year | Congratulations Joe Tirone

Remembering Donna Allman | A Very Special WQPT Friend

Regional Student Wins | National PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Embracing Our Military | Recent Events

Happy (Early) Retirement, Ana! | WQPT's Educational Outreach Director

Brew Ha Ha Finds New Home | With Davenport Jaycees

WQPT Initiatives | Embracing Our Military & Stop Bullying

WQPT Moves Master Control

Donna AllmanJoe 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.


2014 WQPT Volunteer of the Year

Donna Allman

This summer we announced Joe Tirone as the recipient of our 2014 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.


Remembering Donna Allman

Donna AllmanWe were deeply saddened to learn that our friend and long-time WQPT volunteer, Donna Allman passed away early this year

In 2010, Donna was named WQPT Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her exceptional 20 years of service to the station, which represented more than 1,000 hours of her time. Donna will be greatly missed!

"Donna was simply wonderful to have as a volunteer for the station. She was so enthusiastic and energetic. She was always the first to greet other volunteers with "Glad to Have You," said Bea Brasel, WQPT Special Projects and Volunteer Coordinator.

WQPT volunteers are like family. As you may know, our first small group of volunteers summoned up the resources and support to create WQPT in 1983. Today, volunteers continue to make a critical and valuable contribution to the station. We simply could not provide you the outstanding programming and services we do without the dedication and support from our volunteers like Donna. Learn more


WQPT Kids Club Week


We were honored to have a very special guest join us for WQPT Kids Club Week. Buddy, the preschool-aged Tyrannosaurus Rex from PBS Kids' Dinosaur Train, visited regional kids at the Scott County Public Library, the Moline Public Library and the Geneseo Public Library; and was in attendance at a very special party with our WQPT Kids Club members. Buddy had lots of fun dancing, digging for fossils and giving out lots of hugs.

Our own Scott Brouette (pictured above right) was super fun as kids got to dance and be goofy with him while listening to Dinosaur Train songs.

We received a lot of positive feedback from library staff, parents and of course, children attended these events. The WQPT Kids Club week, while very fun for all participants, helps create awareness of WQPT, our learning-oriented mission and our quality children's programming.


Regional Student Wins

Twelve children in grades K–3 were selected as winners by an acclaimed panel of judges in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest this year. The winning entries in the Contest were chosen from thousands of submissions from 62 participating PBS stations across the country. More than 400 regional entries were received for the regional 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

FeaturePaul Schwartz, a third grader from Bettendorf won third place in his grade category in the National contest.

"This is the third time that one of our local winners has gone on to win on the national level," said Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager. "We're proud of Paul Schwartz and his story If I Were An Engineer and of all of the 450 regional entries we received. A special thanks to all those who encouraged the creativity of our young writers."

"We were thrilled to see another impressive batch of submissions for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest," said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children's Programming, PBS. "PBS KIDS and our local stations (like WQPT) always enjoy encouraging children to use their imaginations to create memorable stories. We look forward to supporting the next generation of creative thinkers as they develop important writing skills that will lay the foundation of success in both school and life."


Happy (Early) Retirement, Ana!

FeatureAna Kehoe, Education Outreach Director retires after 20 years of outstanding service.

A former teacher, Ana brought her passion for education to WQPT. Through a host of projects lead by Ana—Imagination Station, Ready To Learn Workshops, First Book Club, PBS Kids Writers Contest, Ready To Learn Conference, Martha Speaks Reading Buddies, PBS Learning Media and many others over the years—WQPT has enriched not only the lives of children but also their families, caregivers and teachers.

"After 20 years as the Director of Education and Outreach for WQPT, I am retiring to my garden and a long "to do" list of activities. It has been my utmost pleasure to work at this station and to fulfill a passion to help young children succeed in school," commented Ana. She went on to add, "it's of utmost importance that we teach kids the critical thinking skills to make the best choices. It's been part of our mission at WQPT to do so, and I wish to thank our many partners, sponsors, funders and viewers for their continued support of our outreach workshops, classroom visits and literacy sites."

WQPT's General Manager, Mary Pruess commented, "on behalf of the station, our viewers, and countless educators and children's lives she (Ana) has touched, I would like to thank her for the exceptional work, dedication and leadership she has brought to WQPT's Educational Outreach. Thank you Ana! We wish the very best in your future endeavors."

Read more about our Educational Outreach


Brew Ha Ha Gets a New Home

StaffThis Spring WQPT announced a collaborative agreement, operations of Brew Ha Ha to the Davenport Jaycees.

Brew Ha Ha has been hosted by WQPT since 2000 to raise funds for children's programming. "We have been looking to expand our educational outreach activities and turning Brew Ha Ha over to the Jaycees allows us to focus on our mission of educational outreach for children and families," WQPT Chief Development Officer Jamie Lange said.

Brew Ha Ha proceeds will continue to benefit WQPT's children's program and will expand to include other charitable initiatives of the Jaycees. "As a result of this partnership, the Davenport Jaycees will help WQPT invest in a new children's project to be held in the spring 2015 so it's really exciting," said Davenport Jaycees President April Boyer.

WQPT would like to recognize Bea Brasel, WQPT's Event and Volunteer coordinator for her outstanding work on Brew Ha Ha since its inception in 2000. And we look forward to her work on a new children's event in 2015.

Information about Brew Ha Ha may be found at the Davenport Jaycees website.


WQPT Special Initiatives


WQPT acts the public interest not only through our programming, but also by engaging with the communities we service on issues of importance in their lives. WQPT is pleased to introduce our newest outreach initiative focusing on our region's military and their families. Embracing Our Military was envisioned as a community-wide dialog evolving over the next couple of years.

Learn more and view the calendar of upcoming events.



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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