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Rock Island Schools Helping Families In Need With Meal Kits This Summer

June 16th, 2021
Rock Island Schools Helping Families In Need With Meal Kits This Summer

Rock Island families can receive meals at no cost to them over the summer. Meal distribution will take place every Monday. The 5-day meal packs are for children 12 months-18 years regardless of income or school district enrollment. There will be a morning and an afternoon meal distribution. Meals must be pre-order by the Friday before. To preorder please call 309-581-2147. Five-day meal packs will be available on Mondays, starting June 7. Denkmann Elementary School –  7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 4101 22nd Ave, Rock Island Longfellow Liberal Arts –  10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 4198... Read More

Rock Island Husband of the Year Surprises Wife For 40th Birthday

June 15th, 2021
Rock Island Husband of the Year Surprises Wife For 40th Birthday

Forty days before his wife Jen would turn 40, Ben Schrempf of Rock Island had a pretty big surprise waiting for her. Inspired by a video he saw last summer on TikTok, Schrempf for months enlisted family and friends to help get Jen 40 birthday presents. He hid them at his office – where he works in IT for Ruhl & Ruhl corporate in Davenport, until May 24th. “Our daughter had a softball game that night and I was strategically late coming home from the gym so she would have to take her to softball,” Ben recalled Monday, when the TikTok video he made of Jen’s reaction surpassed one million... Read More

Western Illinois University Peace Corps Fellows Program Receives Grant Award

June 14th, 2021
Western Illinois University Peace Corps Fellows Program Receives Grant Award

The Peace Corps Fellows Program, within the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University, learned this week it is one of 13 programs statewide receiving federal grant funding from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and community volunteerism. The WIU program, the only downstate program to receive federal grant funding this fiscal year, will get $185,748, and an additional $76,140 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Award funding. The grant money helps the Peace Corps Fellows program recruit returned Peace Corps volunteers, who then enroll in one of 10 graduate... Read More

Enjoy Whitey’s Ice Cream And Help Bethany For Children And Families!

June 9th, 2021
Enjoy Whitey's Ice Cream And Help Bethany For Children And Families!

Treat your family, friends, and coworkers to a cone or dish at any Quad City Whitey’s Ice Cream location on Monday, June 14th, and Whitey’s will donate half of all ice cream cone/dip sales to support the programs and services of Bethany for Children & Families. Bethany is a nonprofit child welfare and social services agency with offices in both the Illinois and Iowa Quad-Cities, serving over 10,000 children and families each year. Support a great cause with a scoop of your favorite flavor! For more information, click here.  Read More

Davenport Schools’ Summer Meals Begin June 21

June 6th, 2021
Davenport Schools’ Summer Meals Begin June 21

DAVENPORT, IA – Summer should be a fun time for kids to enjoy family gatherings and vacation time. But for children in some families, summer can bring hunger. The Summer Food Service Program of the Iowa Department of Education provides meals for those hungry children. This program was previously administered in the Davenport Community School District (DCSD) in the summer of 2020, and this year, the program will again offer numerous sites for students, ages 18 years and younger, to receive breakfast and/or lunch. “When school is out, many people forget that for some students, their main source... Read More

New Quad-Cities Training Series Aims to Promote Racial Healing

June 2nd, 2021
New Quad-Cities Training Series Aims to Promote Racial Healing

As SAL Family and Community Services (SAL) celebrates its 50th year, few people have witnessed the organization’s evolution like Loredia Nunn-Dixon. Born and raised in the Quad-Cities, Nunn-Dixon began 30 years ago as an office assistant, working her way up and then over into childcare and family services. There, she saw the nonprofit’s opportunity to offer the community a fuller range of services. SAL oversees Skip-A-Long Child Development Services, which operates four childcare and learning centers in the Q-C. “Seeing the families that came in, I had a chance to experience firsthand that... Read More

Goodwill and United Way in Quad-Cities Primed for New “Rising”

May 5th, 2021
Goodwill and United Way in Quad-Cities Primed for New “Rising”

In response to the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, rocker Bruce Springsteen implored us to “Come on up for the rising.” In his 2015 musical “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda implored others to “rise up.” Goodwill and United Way in the Quad-Cities are both picking up the hopeful, aspirational “Rising” theme in two new initiatives, aiming for a better post-pandemic world for us all. Goodwill, the leading workforce provider in North America, on Tuesday announced a new, first-of-its-kind coalition called Rising Together, which will work to create an equitable economic recovery and provide job... Read More

New Bereskin Gallery Exhibit Raises Awareness, Money for Clean Water in Africa

May 1st, 2021
New Bereskin Gallery Exhibit Raises Awareness, Money for Clean Water in Africa

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! The intertwined arts of photography, painting and filmmaking can produce a tide of emotion and giving in ways that simple words often cannot. That trio of talents are behind the latest exhibit at Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 2967 State St., Bettendorf. Pat Herath, executive director and founder of Moline-based Wells 4 Wellness, met this spring with Pat Beréskin, the... Read More

East Moline’s United Township Finds Way to Make Beautiful Music in a Hard Year

April 20th, 2021
East Moline's United Township Finds Way to Make Beautiful Music in a Hard Year

Choir students at United Township High School in East Moline have orchestrated creative ways to make beautiful music together, despite the dissonant challenges of Covid-19. A few weeks after an unusual, invitation-only concert in the new commons area at the school March 4, four select UT female choir members took part in a unique statewide virtual choir with the Bradley University (Peoria) Honor Choir. As did about 40 other Illinois high schoolers (including eight from Orion), they individually recorded a video in late March of them singing their part to “Afternoon on a Hill” by Eric Barnum,... Read More

What’s The Good News For April, Quad-Cities? Here’s Your POSITIVE News For The Month!

April 5th, 2021
What's The Good News For April, Quad-Cities? Here's Your POSITIVE News For The Month!

Spring is here, the weather is looking better, and there’s an optimism in the air! Things are looking good, Quad-Cities! And so, it’s a great time to check out some of the POSITIVE news and stories from around the area, which we do every month in our What’s The Good News feature on QuadCities.com and KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live.” So, what’s the good news this month? Let’s find out… New Book Offering Advice To Teenagers Yours truly, Sean Leary, is working on a new book, Advice To A Teenager, based upon advice I’ve learned, been given, and will be giving to my son Jackson, who... Read More