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One million dollars in federal grant money helps two local schools keep the “Lights ON “for Learning during after school hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:04
Bright yellow Lights ON for Learning Center banners have been raised at Glenview Middle and
United Township High School in East Moline. The Rock Island County Regional Office of
Education (RIROE) has received two new 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)
federal grants. These are highly competitive grants administered through the Illinois State
Board of Education (ISBE) to provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities

in “Lights ON” Community Learning Centers offered beyond regular school hours.

Glenview Middle School and United Township High School in East Moline are the recipients of
the two new grants of $250,000 each year over the next three years. These will fund Lights ON
academic, artistic, and cultural enrichment opportunities to students and their families during non-school
hours (before or after school) or periods when school is not in session (including holidays, weekends,
or summer recess). Glenview and UTHS will work with community partners to offer students a broad
array of additional services, programs, and activities designed to reinforce and complement the regular
academic programs of participating students.

For Glenview Middle, activities include youth development activities, drug and violence prevention
programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and
character education programs; and literacy and related educational services to the families of participating
children. Jeff Fairweather, Glenview principal, is excited about the grant money and says the program is
sorely needed. “The CCLC Grant and the Lights ON program have provided desperately needed funding
and a system of support for our students that did not exist previously. It has allowed us to provide our
students with needed academic support as well as develop programs to meet the social/emotional needs
of our middle school students.” Glenview will receive $130,000 each year for three years of the program.

Teresa Dothard-Campbell is Glenview’s Lights ON Site Coordinator. She says the program is very
popular with the students. “We currently have 407 students enrolled in the program and see an average
of 120 students each evening. Students who attend on a regular basis are making great strides in their
academic achievement and the proof is in their grades. Our students are enjoying the partnerships we have
established with Two Rivers YMCA, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and Red Cross; along
with enrichment activities through Q.C. Social Dancing. ”

Principal of United Township High School, Carl Johnson, oversees their program with Anthony Ragona,
Assistant Principal. Mr. Johnson said the program is already having a positive impact on students. “We
currently have students participating in English, Math, Science and Reading enrichment and support
programs. During our 1st week of spring intercession alone we were able to provide academic help for
more than 200 students. We anticipate strong participation in the spring Advanced Placement exams due
to several of these programs. The activities offered at UTHS are opportunities students would not have
were it not for this grant!”

Glenview and UTHS will join the network of Lights ON CLCs developed by the RIROE and local Rock
Island County school districts in 2001. Over the past ten (10) years, twenty (20) Rock Island County
schools have received 21st CCLC grant funds to establish Lights ON Community Learning Centers
in their schools. The programs are collaborative ventures that engage community organizations and
agencies contributing programs and services. The CLCs are to serve the families of participating

students by offering literacy and related educational development activities. Black Hawk College

Adult Education Program is the partner who provides the family programming offering family

literacy, English As a Second Language, and GED preparation classes. The Lights ON CLCs established
under the 21st CCLC program must provide a safe environment for students when school is not in session
including safe travel accommodations to and from the center and home.


New Book Offers Children Education Against Bullying PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Author House   
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:46

Author and teaching major Courtney Jefferson pens new book on popular and important  issue in today’s school systems

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – According to the National Education Association, it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. With staggering statistics such as these, it isn’t hard to see a growing problem for today’s youth. To help those being bullied, or even those who are bullies themselves, Courtney Jefferson has penned her new book Shoo, Bobby Don’t Bother Me! (published by AuthorHouse).


Shoo, Bobby Don’t Bother Me! tells the story of Billy Bubbles, a youngster who is being bullied at school by Bobby Mitchell, the biggest boy in class. Through his trials and tribulations, readers will learn important tactics on the proper way to deal with a bully and that it is okay to speak up for themselves.


Jefferson was inspired to write her book when she met a little girl who was being bullied her first year in school. “She was in kindergarten and was already having problems with a bully,” she explains. “I then began to think about all the other children out there who are being bullied, have been bullied, or are bullies themselves. I wanted to address this issue head on.”


“Bullying is starting younger and younger and my book addresses it on an elementary level.”


About the Author

Courtney Jefferson was born October 18, 1988 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jefferson recently attended Northwest Missouri State University, majoring in elementary education with a minor in early childhood education. Teaching has been one of her lifelong goals, though, ultimately, she would like to open her own preschool.


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Sarah Dooley Named to Dean's List at Emory College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Hennecy   
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:45

ATLANTA, GA (03/08/2012)(readMedia)-- Sarah Dooley of Bettendorf, Iowa (52722), daughter of Dr. John Dooley and Karen Dooley, was named to the Dean's List of Emory College, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., for the 2011 fall semester.

Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.81 grade point average or higher to be named to the Dean's List.

Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. Emory encompasses nine academic divisions as well as the Carlos Museum, The Carter Center, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory Healthcare, Georgia's largest and most comprehensive health care system.

WQPT helps tackle the Drop-Out Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:02

WQPT Assists Efforts to Increase the Quad Cities Graduation Rate 

New Public Media Programming and Public Engagement Initiatives to Help Students and Teachers

WQPT Quad Cities PBS has initiated a series of broadcast, online and community activities as part of ”American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help the Quad Cities and other communities across America to address the high school dropout crisis.


Every year 1 million kids drop out of high school nationwide. In the Quad Cities, over 700 students fail to graduate each year, according to Achieve Quad Cities. The estimated economic impact on the Quad Cities is a loss of $2.3 million per student over a lifetime in revenues and earnings, according to the Alliance for Excellence in Education.


WQPT Quad Cities PBS is one of more than 60 public media and television stations around the country that are working directly with their communities to address the dropout crisis. WQPT Quad Cities PBS and “American Graduate” project partners, Achieve Quad Cities, area public schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Putnam Museum and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce have developed a blend of media across several platforms – TV, radio, online – and community engagement efforts designed to raise public awareness and offer solutions to increase Quad City high school graduation rates.


“Education has always been at the center of public broadcasting,” said Rick Best, WQPT General Manager. “That’s why we are proud to be a part of this important national initiative and are honored to work with the local community to make sure Quad City students stay in school and graduate.  We cannot allow a generation of our young people to fall through the cracks.”


“Every year, one million of our nation’s young people make the life altering decision to drop out of school resulting in severe consequences for their future and our country,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB.  “Through the ‘American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen’ initiative, America’s public radio and television stations – locally owned and operated – are engaging local  non-profit partners, business leaders, parents and teachers to help young people stay on the path to a high school diploma.”


WQPT’s “American Graduate” initiative began in July with awareness PSA’s to encourage community members to volunteer as career mentors to area youth.  These are still airing today on WQPT and other area broadcast channels. In addition to increasing the number of adult mentors in the community, WQPT created local programming that educated viewers about the drop out crisis in the Quad Cities and how they could be a part of the community-wide effort to increase the high school graduation rate.


Roundtable “The Drop Out Crisis”

In December and January, WQPT aired a one-hour special featuring experts from the area who talked about the drop-out rate, the steps being taken to identify mentors, to inspire and encourage students to stay in school and to drive awareness about the economic impact to our community.


“I was deeply moved and truly surprised by what I learned in WQPT’s Achieve Quad Cities special The Drop-Out Crisis. I’ve always known how much a personal tragedy it is when a student fails to complete high school. I had no idea of the scope of the impact on our community. Thank you WQPT, for shining light on this very challenging problem facing the QC and for motivating others, as it did me, to be a part of the solution,” Deanna Jensen, WQPT viewer.

Visit to see episodes of WQPT’s “The Cities with Jim Mertens” featuring Achieve Quad Cities partners in action. You’ll also find the special roundtable “Tackling the Drop Out Crisis” featuring area education leaders.


About WQPT

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.


About American Graduate 

The public media initiative, American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, is helping communities across America identify and implement solutions to address the high school dropout crisis. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the multi-year campaign is designed to raise awareness and dialogue through national and local multiplatform programming.  Targeting communities with highest dropout rates, the initiative also increases local engagement and action through collaborations and partnerships, and increases student engagement through teacher professional development and classroom curricula. Public radio and television stations – locally owned and operated – reach 99% of the country over the air, have built models for successful intervention in early learning, and have deep connections in the communities they serve. Nearly 300 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate and CPB is partnering with America's Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Visit American Graduate on Facebook, Twitter or


About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. 


Regional Math Bee held at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Whitney Smith   
Monday, 19 March 2012 10:43

Regional Math Bee held at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency


200 area sixth grade students participated in the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency’s 34th annual Regional Math Bee held at the Mississippi Bend AEA in Bettendorf, Iowa March 6, 2012.

47 enthusiastic teams of students worked individually and as a team to solve problems and demonstrate their math skills.  The top five teams as well as the top 3 individuals will represent our region at the State Math Bee in Fort Dodge on April 27, 2012

The top five teams of the 2012 Regional 6th Grade Math Bee:

1st Place Team: Pleasant View Elementary, Pleasant Valley School District

Students: Ethan Good, Jack Lynn, Konnor Sommer, Keshav Wagle

Coach: Zachary Day

2nd Place Team:         Hopewell Elementary, Pleasant Valley School District

Students: Caleb Arnold, Jacob Fuhrmeister, Austin Halupnik, Tyler Helmers

Coach: Marci Furlong

3rd Place Team: Riverdale Heights Elementary, Pleasant Valley School District

Students:  Mark Kessler, Roshni Nair, Abinaya Paravasthuramesh, Vishwajit Subramanian

Coach:  David Barber

4th Place Team: Cody Elementary, Pleasant Valley School District

Students: Alec Gelande, Ashlyn Haack, Max Royer, Caroline Sharis

Coach: Cathi Betts

5th Place Team:         Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, Iowa

Students: Kenton Fee, Naina Ninan, Collin Smith, Sophia Xiao

Coach: Chae Hee Porubcin


The top three individuals of the 2010 Regional 6th Grade Math Bee:

1st Place Individual:   Abinaya Paravasthuramesh, Riverdale Heights Elementary, Pleasant Valley

Coach: David Barber

2nd Place Individual:   Tyler Helmers, Hopewell Elementary, Pleasant Valley

Coach: Marci Furlong

3rd Place Individual:   Konnor Sommer, Pleasant View Elementary, Pleasant Valley

Coach: Zachary Day

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