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Braley Announces President's Challenge State Champion School PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Bowman   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:29

Braley Congratulates Heritage Christian School in DeWitt

Waterloo, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today announced that Heritage Christian School in DeWitt, Iowa has once again been named a President’s Challenge “State Champion School” by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN).

Heritage Christian is one of three schools in the state to be selected annually by scoring at or above the 85th percentile on the President’s Challenge Physical Fitness Test.

“I congratulate Heritage Christian on once again doing so well in their physical fitness testing,” said Braley. “Healthy living is important and it’s good to see kids making healthy lifestyle choices.”

Braley has made school fitness a priority in his work in Congress. Last December, he introduced the Shawn Johnson Fitness for Life Act to promote better health and the use of innovative technology in school physical exercise classes. This year, Braley and Johnson once again teamed up to bring greater awareness to fitness in schools.

This will be the last class of the President’s Challenge State Champion Schools program. This school year, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition launched a new school-based program that promotes health and regular physical activity for America’s youth. For more information about the program please visit:


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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:20

Though we are currently bombarded with candy, costumes, and pumpkins, October is an important month not just due to Halloween – October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Students at Rivermont Collegiate are taking some time out of their costume-planning this month to organize fundraising events and promote breast cancer awareness.


The entire Rivermont campus (faculty and staff included!) is invited to participate in a “pink” relaxed dress code day on Thursday, 10/4 in exchange for a donation to the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer campaign. The campus will be a sea of pink and students may enjoy sweatpants (while the faculty enjoys jeans!).  In addition, the volleyball triple-header Thursday evening will be a “Pink Out” event in which the entire crowd is encouraged to wear the color.  All proceeds from admissions, concessions, and donation buckets at the games will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.  Opponents Our Lady and North Scott will be joining in, with their players and spectators donning pink and even competing with a pink volleyball.


Rivermont vs. Our Lady      4:30 p.m.        5th/6th grade

5:30 p.m.        7th/8th grade

Rivermont vs. North Scott    7:00 p.m.        Varsity


(home games held at Rivermont – 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf – directly off 18th St. behind K&K Hardware)


Thanks to improvements in treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.  Because early detection significantly increases chances for successful treatment, awareness is a critical tool in the fight against the disease.  Rivermont students are boosting awareness at an early age and helping create a dialogue on breast cancer!


Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent, non-sectarian PS-12th grade college preparatory school.  Visit us online at!



5 Reasons Why Dogs Make Great Reading Partners For Children PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:50
Studies Track Improvements in Grade School
Language Studies

It turns out dogs are not only good for our health; finding missing people; and helping disabled people live independent lives – they’re good for kids’ report cards, too!

Canines have been found to improve the immune system and reduce blood pressure, among other health benefits. They help rescuers and law officers, blind people and those with limited use of their hands and arms. Now we have another reason to celebrate man’s best friend.

“Dogs not only help children learn to read, they help children learn to love reading,” says Michael Amiri, coauthor with his wife, Linda, of the children’s book, Shellie, the Magical dog ( “And that’s true of for children with and without learning disabilities.”

A Minnesota pilot project called PAWSitive Readers finds that trained therapy dogs helped 10 of 14 grade-school participants improve their reading skills by one grade level. Additionally, a University of California study showed that children who read to the family dog improved their ability by an average of 12 percent.

Amiri discusses five reasons why dogs help kids learn to love reading:

• No embarrassment: “Most of us have memories of reading out loud in class,” he says. “Though we may have been proficient readers, the fear of stumbling on a word in front of everyone was a constant source of anxiety.” Dogs are excellent for unconditional, nonjudgmental love; they won’t laugh if and when mistakes happen.

• Confidence boosters: “I never had a dog while growing up, which is too bad because I think I would have had an easier time gaining self-confidence,” says Amiri. As an adult, he discovered the many benefits of dogs through he and his wife’s very special Maltese, Shellie. She’s often the center of attention in their community at pet-friendly restaurants, where she laps her water out of a martini glass. And she has a full-time job as the greeter at Linda’s hair and nail salon. “If a little dog can give me, a grown man, more confidence, imagine what it can do for kids,” he says.

• Polite listeners: Like humans, dogs are social creatures and most enjoy the sound of a calm voice speaking to them. Many – except perhaps the most energetic breeds – seem to enjoy curling up on a rug and listening to a story being read aloud. They don’t interrupt (except for the occasional ear scratch or to sniff a body part) and they often show appreciation for the attention.

• A fun approach to schoolwork: Too often, when children think of studying, they think of time spent hunched over a desk struggling alone to work out problems and memorize lists. Interacting with a lovable, fuzzy friend for an hour of homework is an appealing alternative.

• Win-win: A canine-student reading program is a great way to help service dogs-in-training learn patience and discipline. Dogs are trained to help veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, the blind, and people who use wheelchairs, among others. These dogs in training help children, while children improve a dog’s service abilities.

About Michael and Linda Amiri

Michael Amiri grew up in New York City and became an actor in local theater productions and television commercials. Linda Amiri is an entrepreneur, the owner of a successful hair and nail salon. Their personality-plus Maltese, Shellie, is a popular community character, who puts in a full day of work every day as a greeter at her “mom’s” salon. She’s the inspiration for the first in a series of children’s books that will address topics and issues of concern to children.

Rock Island Library Offers More Ways for Adults to Learn this Fall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:44

Rock Island, IL: Learning isn’t just for schoolchildren. Beyond the thousands of books, DVDs and other resources at Rock Island Public Library locations, fall brings plenty of ways for adults to learn something new with free programs on genealogy, technology and job searching.

Learn More About Who You Are:

With the help of two new genealogy programs at the Rock Island Main Library, participants can learn how to find out more their family ties. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Rock Island County Genealogical Society presents Genealogy: Getting Started, for an introductory look at how to start a family tree. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the library and the Genealogical Society will offer Genealogy: Online Resources, for a look at how to use computerized research databases, such as and Heritage Quest. Both programs start at 6:00 pm in the Main Library Community Room at 401 19th Street. No registration is required.


Learn More About Using and Buying Technology:

If you’re discovering the world of digital books, the Rock Island Library offers OverDrive, which contains a large number of eBooks, and a small number of eAudiobooks; and OneClickdigital, which contains more than 3,500 eAudiobook titles that can be checked out for free. The library will offer a demonstration on using OverDrive at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 10 and Wednesday, Nov. 14, both  at the Rock Island Southwest Branch Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road. No registration is required. Time is provided for questions and one-on-one help after each demo.

If you’re considering a purchase of new technology (or putting some devices on your gift list), the library will offer a showcase of what to look for in a new computer, eReader, tablet or cell phone, and an overview of their compatibility with library products, such as OverDrive, OneClickdigital and Mango online languages. All three products offer mobile apps to help patrons use them on mobile devices. Technology Basics will be offered at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.

Learn more about social media, with Facebook and Twitter: What You Want to Know, at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Library employees will answer some common about the features of both Facebook and Twitter, and how people use them to build connections with others.


Learn More About Finding and Landing a Job:

In a crowded job market, knowing how to present knowing how to present yourself can be the edge you need to stand out in the crowd. The Rock Island Library Reference and Information department will host two free programs to help you do just that:

Getting That Job: Tips on Making the Cut will be presented from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Participants will hear tips from a panel of experts on how to fill out the application, what to avoid on a resume, and what to do during an interview. No registration is required.

Getting That Job: Resume Tips will be presented from 11:00 am to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Participants will hear tips and suggestions for putting together a resume. Registration is required for this course, as computers are limited. To sign up, call 309-732-7341.


Both programs will be presented in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


For more computer tip workshops and other hands-on demos for adults at the Rock Island Library, visit the library calendar at www.rockislandlandlibrary, call 309-732-7341 or follow the library on Facebook.

Diana Anghel Awarded Scholarship to Attend Lake Forest College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Nemcek   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:36

LAKE FOREST, IL (09/28/2012)(readMedia)-- Lake Forest College welcomed 485 new and transfer students from 35 states and 40 countries this year. Diana Anghel, of Moline, IL, joined the Forester community this fall and is expected to graduate in 2016. Anghel was awarded an In-State Scholarship, given to well-qualified Illinois high school graduates and the Forester Reid Music Scholarship.

Anghel attended Moline Senior High School in Moline, IL.

Lake Forest College is a national liberal arts institution located 30 miles north of downtown Chicago. The College has 1,500 students representing 47 states and 78 countries. For more information visit

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