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Writers Contest | 2017 Winners Announced

WQPT wins two awards at IBNA | For Election Coverage

Champagne on the Rocks | Snap Shots

Americorps Grant | Funding for mentoring At-Risk Youth

William Breedlove | 2016 WQPT Volunteer of the Year

WQPT Ambassadors | In the Community

2017 Writers Contest Winners

WQPT received hundreds of stories from students in kindergarten through third grade for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The contest is open to children in grades K–3 who reside in our viewing area and who want to write and illustrate their own story.

In May sixteen winners (four from each grade) were selected by educators and contest sponsors. The winners and their families will be honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House in May.

"We are thrilled that so many teachers and parents encouraged their young authors and illustrators to participate in the contest again this year," said Michael Carton, Director of Education and Outreach for WQPT.  “The judges had a difficult time choosing winners because we had so many amazing entries.”

Winning stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center from May 22–June 2, the Figge Art Museum from June 5–16, and the Family Museum from June 19–30. Read more

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is sponsored by Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Figge Art Museum, Family Museum and Midwest Writing Center. With additional support from John Deere.


WQPT wins two awards at IBNA

WQPT's political coverage on The Cities with Jim Mertens received a second place award from the Iowa Broadcast News Association for their series of political discussions during the 2016 election cycle. WQPT also took home a third place award for their "Snapshots" program titled "Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge."

"The Cities has always been designed as a program for in-depth discussions on the issues of the day," said moderator Jim Mertens. "I think it was particularly important to hear from the candidates during this last election cycle and I am honored that The Cities was acknowledged in this way."

"We are delighted that the two pieces we submitted for consideration were honored by the Iowa Broadcast News Association," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess.


Champagne on the Rocks 2017


In January Champagne on the Rocks 2017 guest enjoyed a sumptuous dinner, solved a mystery and bid on a variety of silent and live auction items at the Outing Club in Davenport.

Special thanks to our Gold sponsor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management/The Singh Group and Silver sponsor, Eastern Iowa Baking Company. Congratulations to Steve Foster for winning the jewelry sponsored by Expression Jewelers. All of the fun had a serious purpose—supporting educational television and outreach for WQPT.

Pictured Above: 1. Jill Hoff and Sandra Stoit 2. Rhonda and Dan Arnold 3. Mike and Ronnie Opar 4. Amy Trimble and Joseph Urbaitis 5. Calvin Dane and Aubree Payne 6. Col. Grant and Christina Morris 7. Jack and Michele Dane 8. Sandra and Brad Foreman 9. Connor Hemmingson and Susan Zelnio.


AmeriCorps Grant

WQPT/PBS Ambassadors

WQPT and Western Illinois University received a $207,000 grant from the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service targeting school readiness and K-12 success through their AmeriCorps Program. The grant will support 40 volunteers who will provide tutoring and mentoring to at-risk youth.

"Our partner agencies made us aware of the need for a bigger, more robust AmeriCorps program that could serve the diverse educational needs of children in the Illinois Quad Cities," said Michael Carton, WQPT's Director of Education and Outreach.  "WQPT is excited to be able to help our partners meet those needs by administering this AmeriCorps program."

Three years ago, when the WQPT Early Childhood Literacy Project began, there were 12 AmeriCorps members serving the Illinois Quad Cities area. The original goal was to improve literacy skills in the classrooms they serve by 15 percent. After completing a pre-test and post-test based on Illinois Early Learning Standards, the results showed an improvement of 49%. The following year, the students served by AmeriCorps members continued to show improvement.

AmeriCorp members dedicate a year to helping communities meet their most pressing needs. They receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment and training.  Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award. Anyone interested in applying to AmeriCorps may email Scott Brouette.


2016 Volunteer of the Year


William Breedlove has been named WQPT's 2016 Volunteer of the Year. William served on the WQPT Community Advisory Board, Imagination Station committee and Champagne on the Rocks committee. He was instrumental in making the Pet Therapy room a reality at Imagination Station.

"We are very fortunate to have someone like Bill be a part of WQPT. He is a great champion of the station," said Bea Brasel WQPT Special Projects Coordinator.

Breedlove is an attorney at the Rock Island law firm of Winstein, Kavensky and Cunningham.


Lots of Fun & Station Awareness


Our WQPT/PBS Ambassadors have been busy expanding WQPT's reach throughout the region with fun and engaging activities designed to help children learn how discover the outdoors and explore. Ambassadors have been applying the lessons from PBS KIDS program Nature Cat, with assistance from the Ambassadors and our own Mr. Scott.

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