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WQPT/PBS Ambassadors | New Class Announced

People Making a Difference | Appreciation and Gratitude

Champagne on the Rocks | Our Gala Fund Raiser

New Short Subject Series | Exploring with Mr. Scott

Jaycee's of the QC Donation | Imagination Station

Volunteers Honored | Celebrating Service to WQPT

Our 2016–17 Ambassadors

WQPT/PBS Ambassadors

Entering its 12th year, the WQPT/PBS Ambassadors program provides college students with the opportunity to represent their local public television station at events throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

“Ambassadors are an extension of the WQPT staff... the skills they acquire, as a direct result of their experiences as Ambassadors in the program, help them obtain employment after college,” said WQPT Special Projects Coordinator Bea Brasel.

The WQPT/PBS Ambassador program has been honored nationally with the “Grassroots Advocacy Award" from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting and with individual awards for two former Ambassadors for their volunteer work for WQPT.

The 2016 class of WQPT/PBS Ambassadors are: (left to right) Lauren Tague, Iame Rea, Marissa Kletke, Lamiaa Nadif, Christopher Black, Amsatou Sow, Malerie West, Kathryn Reed, Morgan Allen, Ho Jean Chang, Haley Schluter.  Not pictured Grace Brasel, Alexandria Sanchez and Katherine Williams.


People Making a Difference

WQPT is possible because of many factors—funding from various sources, including member support, grant awards and the like, as well as the hard work and dedication from our staff and volunteers. So many people and resources coming together to bring the region not only outstanding television, but an extensive array of community outreach. Read more about our Outreach

In April we held the annual Ready to Learn Conference, featuring workshops on a variety of topics related to early childhood education. WQPT works with regional partners, sponsors and volunteers to present this event each year.

EmmyAt this time, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Debbie Lee and Denise Terry. For several years, these women have worked tirelessly to ensure that attendees have a great experience at the conference. Debbie and Denise have attended countless meetings, acquired numerous door prizes, volunteered their time at the conference, identified amazing presenters to bring in, and they have even been workshop presenters themselves. Soon they will be retiring and will no longer serve on the conference committee. We will miss their knowledge, leadership and passion for early childhood education. Thank you both for your hard work, dedication and expertise that has made the conference what it is today. Learn more


Champagne on the Rocks

Featured Program

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.


Exploring with Mr. Scott

Featured Program

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


Jaycee's Donation

Featured Program

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.


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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