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United Way and Davenport Community School District Team Up To Help Quad-Cities Kids

February 24th, 2024
United Way and Davenport Community School District Team Up To Help Quad-Cities Kids

Did you know? 80% of learning during the first twelve years of a kid’s life is visual. That’s why these students at Jefferson Elementary were smiling extra big on Wednesday! Thanks to the generous support of #UnitedWayQC donors, our Vision to Learn initiative held another glasses party to give 115 students two pairs of glasses at no charge. That brings us to a whopping 283 QC students who have received 566 pairs of glasses since October! Now, these kids will no longer struggle to read the words in their books or the whiteboard at the front of the class. Instead, they’re focused... Read More

Rock Island Teachers Win Those Who Excel Awards

February 20th, 2024
Rock Island Teachers Win Those Who Excel Awards

Two Rock Island teachers are being recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education for excelling in and out of the classroom! Mr. Mertel (RIHS) and Ms. Jett (EJHS) both received Those Who Excel Awards. Mr. Mertel received the Award of Meritorious Service. That award is given to educators who have shaped their school community for the better. These educators frequently employ their talents and passions but also strive to be of service in unfamiliar domains. They have taken on leadership opportunities and their accomplishments are known and valued by multiple populations: colleagues, students,... Read More

Erin Gruwell to Keynote 4th Annual Women Fighting Hunger Event In Davenport

February 19th, 2024
Erin Gruwell to Keynote 4th Annual Women Fighting Hunger Event In Davenport

DAVENPORT, IOWA– New York Times bestselling author, educator and activist Erin Gruwell will be they keynote speaker at this year’s Women Fighting Hunger event, taking place on March 28. Gruwell began teaching in Long Beach, CA in the mid-90s, helping students “written off” by the system harness the power of education to graduate high school. Her dedication to her students resulted in the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary. The event, hosted at Rhythm City Casino Resort, Davenport, brings together women who are passionate about River Bend’s mission to work to build hunger-free... Read More

Better Health Foundation Opens Spring Innovation Grant Cycle

February 19th, 2024
Better Health Foundation Opens Spring Innovation Grant Cycle

Davenport, IA (February 16, 2024) – The spring grant cycle deadline for nonprofit organizations in the greater Quad Cities region seeking funding from the Better Health Foundation (BHF) is open. Applicants have until Friday, March 1, 2024 to submit a completed online Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for consideration of an Innovation Grant. The Better Health Foundation Innovation grants are intended to help nonprofit organizations think differently and experiment with novel solutions to tackle our region's most challenging public health issues. Innovation at all stages of development will be considered... Read More

Three Rock Island High School Wrestlers Compete At The Girls Sectional

February 14th, 2024
Three Rock Island High School Wrestlers Compete At The Girls Sectional

Three Rock Island High School Rocks wrestled this weekend at the Girls’ Sectional in Geneseo, Sanna Hampton is the lone State Qualifier, taking 3rd Place! She’ll be in Bloomington in 2 weeks at the Girls’ State Tournament! Congratulations!    Read More

Davenport Sixth Grader Gets Real World Experience As A School Superintendent

February 13th, 2024
Davenport Sixth Grader Gets Real World Experience As A School Superintendent

When you were in sixth grade, what was your dream career? For Davenport Garfield’s 6th grader Tahj Lee, the answer is clear – he wants to be a superintendent! Last week, Davenport Community School District Superintendent Schneckloth sat down with Tahj to share what the responsibilities of a superintendent are and the education to pursue to become one. DCSD is proud to inspire the next generation of educators and hope that Tahj continues to dream big!    Read More

Davenport West Speech And Debate Students Qualify For National Tournament

February 13th, 2024
Davenport West Speech And Debate Students Qualify For National Tournament

Congratulations to the Davenport West Speech and Debate National Qualifiers, Elliot Griffith in Dramatic Interpretation and Trinity Merrick in Informative Speaking! They will compete at the National Tournament in Des Moines in June.    Read More

Rock Island’s Edison Junior High Teaches Children About Podcasting

February 8th, 2024
Rock Island's Edison Junior High Teaches Children About Podcasting

Students in Edison Jr. High’s Publications Class are taking on a new project this year. For eighth grader Nora Clark, it was an easy decision. “That’s all I really talk about is shoes,” said Nora. The elevation behind sneakers is the topic she chose for her podcast. Nora and the rest of her classmates in Publications Class have been tasked with making a podcast. “I wanted to expose my students to different media and I enjoyed listening to podcasts myself,” said Publications teacher Lauren Hall. Seventh and eighth graders in the class got to choose the topic... Read More

LeClaire Community Library Undergoing Renovations In February

February 7th, 2024
LeClaire Community Library Undergoing Renovations In February

The LeClaire Community Library will be recarpeted and painted in February 2024, with preparations underway now. This project will result in a unified color palette throughout the building, and better flow and flexibility in the library space. It was financed by the City of LeClaire, with assistance from the Friends of LeClaire Community Library. This project is also the recipient of a Hubbell-Waterman Foundation grant in the amount of $5000, to purchase new furniture for the Children’s Area. This major update to the library’s appearance will officially begin February 5 and is scheduled to be... Read More

Friendship Manor Partners With Rock Island Community Foundation

February 6th, 2024
Friendship Manor Partners With Rock Island Community Foundation

Friendship Manor has partnered with the Rock Island Community Foundation to be their FIRST nonprofit entity to establish an Agency Endowment Fund with the Foundation. This Endowment Fund will help support Friendship Manor’s charitable care mission, enabling the Manor to continue its hallmark virtue of never asking a resident to leave, simply because they’ve outlived their resources. Friendship Manor has an 80+ year history of serving seniors in Rock Island and from surrounding communities. Many people don’t know that Friendship Manor is a nonprofit organization providing over $1,000,000... Read More