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Books for Kids | Making a Difference

Americorps Grant | Funding for mentoring At-Risk Youth

William Breedlove | 2016 WQPT Volunteer of the Year

Engaging Fun & Station Awareness | Our WQPT/PBS Ambassadors

Summer Solstice Party | Summer Fun

Teens for Tomorrow | Supporting WQPT First Book

WQPT Ambassadors Announced | The Class of 2016-17

Books for Kids

FeatureAt WQPT, we are always supporting local schools, like Washington Elementary School in Davenport through our First Book program. Mary Sindt, a Reading Instruction coach, came in and picked up two boxes of books for the kindergarten classes of Ms. Reinsch and Ms. Luloff.

Children attending both Fillmore and Truman Elementary schools have a wonderful “Little Free Library” in their neighborhood. Unfortunately it was recently vandalized.

WQPT wanted to do something to help—so we invited Ms. Cather to stop by the WQPT offices to pick up a box of new board books to restock her shelves.

We are thrilled that we could help, and that the kids in the Fillmore and Truman neighborhoods will have the new reading material available.


AmeriCorps Grant

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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 supporter 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.

During the last year, 350 volunteers have helped the station at community events and activities, for mailings, served on committees or helped at events. "We could not do what we do with our volunteer team," said Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager.


Fun & Station Awareness


This summer 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.


Summer Solstice Party


We extend our appreciation to Yves and Kathy Fontaine for opening their home and hosting our Summer Solstice Party. The evening was wonderful and we were able to introduce WQPT to regional residents unfamiliar with us and our important mission.


Teens for Tomorrow Donation


We were honored to accept a $750 check from Teens 4 Tomorrow. The donation will help support WQPT’s First Book Club, which provides free books to children whose families may not be able to afford them.

First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis. WQPT and our regional partners are making a difference. Learn more


Our 2016–17 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. In 2013, the program was 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.

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