Station News


Ready to Learn Conference | Workshops and more

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

Jaycees Donation | Imagination Station

Ready To Learn Conference


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 since 1995.

“This year we are offering more than 30 workshops on a variety of topics related to early childhood learning and development,” said Michael Carton, WQPT Educational Outreach Director. Workshop topics include: Taming the Terrible Twos, Helping Kids Eat and Be Healthy, Observing and Assessing Children, and Let’s Explore with WQPT's Mr. Scott.

The registration fee includes a light breakfast, a free book, and the chance to win door prizes. Participants will also receive training certificates for 3 hours of credit. In addition, Quad City Bank and Trust is pleased to sponsor a limited number of registrations for for individuals who serve low-income students. Learn more


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.


Jaycees Donation for
Imagination Station


The Jaycees of the Quad Cities gave a $5,000 donation for WQPT's Imagination Station.

About Imagination Station: This free family event welcomes approximately 4,000 children and families for super-awesome entertaining and education activities. 2017 marks the 3rd annual Imagination Station.

About the Jaycees: Jaycees are members of the Junior Chamber, a worldwide organization of young professionals. Famous Jaycees include Bill Clinton, Tom Monaghan (founder of Domino’s Pizza) and President John F Kennedy.

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