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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Friday, 15 April 2011 14:01

Circuit boards, hard drives, and cell phones – Oh, my!  In honor of Earth Week, students in the Rivermont Collegiate Environmental Club are hosting an E-Waste Recycling Drive.  Students have collaborated with the cities of Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, and Moline to bring bins to the Rivermont campus to collect e-waste free of charge for Rivermont students and their families, as well as faculty and staff.  Items will be collected all week, beginning Monday, April 18th through Friday, April 22nd.  Items that can be recycled include cameras, CD players, computers, copiers, printers, DVD players, keyboards, printers, televisions, cell phones, and more.  Students in the Environmental Club have created a fantastic opportunity for members of their school community to dispose of e-waste responsibly, easily, and free of charge!  What a terrific (and effective) way to observe Earth Week!

E-waste is a major environmental concern because it contains lead, mercury, nickel, chromium, lithium, and numerous other hazardous materials that may be released into the environment if not properly managed.  E-waste also contains valuable resources such as glass, scrap metal, wire, circuit boards, and fluorescent tubes.  When equipment is thrown away, these valuable resources cannot be recovered and additional pollution is generated to manufacture new products of virgin materials.  Reclaiming these materials helps save both our landfills and our environment.

How can I dispose of e-waste if I’m not a member of the Rivermont Community?

The Waste Commission of Scott County’s Electronic Demanufacturing Facility (EDF), located at 1048 East 59th Street in Davenport, provides residents and businesses an environmentally sound disposal option for e-waste.  All material is demanufactured and, to ensure data security, is not refurbished or reused.

Ø      Bettendorf and Davenport residents that receive curbside collection can put e-waste out as bulky waste on recycling day.  This is a service included in the solid waste fee and no call-ins or appointments are required.  E-waste collected at the curb is delivered to the EDF.

Ø      Residents of Scott County can bring e-waste to the facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Residential e-waste from Scott County residents is charged at 20 cents per pound for TVs, monitors, and laptops, with all other e-waste being free of charge.

Ø      Rock Island County residents can bring e-waste to the facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for no charge with a valid Rock Island County address.  Rock Island County Waste Management Agency covers the cost of processing and disposal for its residents.

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities’ only private, nonsectarian, independent, multicultural college-prep school for students in preschool through twelfth grade.  At Rivermont, a nurturing, stimulating, and structured environment maximizes the potential of each student, preparing them to engage fully in their local, national, and global communities.  Visit us online at!


For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Cindy Murray at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Local Students inducted into National Leadership Honor Society PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 11:46

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/12/2011)(readMedia)-- More than 40 juniors and seniors are now members of the Augustana circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society. The 17 seniors and 24 juniors are considered top leaders within the classroom and extracurricular achievements, a privilege afforded to just 3 percent of the total population of students at Augustana.

Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes and promotes accomplishments in the areas of academics, athletics, service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech, mass media, and creative and performing arts.

"Students elected to Omicron Delta Kappa not only do excellent work in their studies, but also are leaders in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. Week after week they enrich the total life of this campus," says Dr. Norm Moline, Hamming Professor of Geography and faculty secretary to Augustana ODK Circle. "All faculty members and students owe them a big thanks for their many contributions to make this a good place in and out of the classroom."

Courtney Brown, a junior from Port Byron, IL is majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Theodore Teros, a senior from Moline, IL is majoring in philosophy.

Emily Voigt, a senior from Bettendorf, IA is majoring in business administration marketing.

Jennifer Youngs, a senior from Taylor Ridge, IL is majoring in psychology and political science.

"I am excited to be a part of ODK because I look forward to working together with fellow students to perform different projects and take part in other leadership opportunities on campus," said Brown.  "It is important to me to be a part of ODK because of the great values that come with being a part of it. It is a very high honor and I am so greatful to have been inducted."

Omicron Delta Kappa was established in 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Augustana's circle started in 1962 and currently has 49 members, including sixteen previously elected seniors. The goal of the national college honor society is to give recognition for leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to support development of general campus citizenship.

Crane making for Japanese students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 11 April 2011 14:56

On Tuesday, April 12th at 3:00 pm "Lights ON" after school students will be making paper cranes.  Why? According to the Lights ON Site Coordinator at Washington Junior High, Kristie Sullivan, for every paper crane the school donates the OshKosh clothing company will give an article of clothing to a child affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The program is called "Cranes for KIDS".

In Japanese culture, cranes are a powerful symbol of health and well-wishes. In fact, the Japanese people believe that anyone who makes 1,000 origami cranes will have a wish granted.

Through April 25th, OshKosh will be collecting the paper cranes and sending them to the OshKosh stores in Japan to show them the support and caring of their friends in the United States. OshKosh will donate up to 50,000 articles of clothing. Sullivan says not only is it fun for the kids to make cranes...they are learning a valuable lesson to help others in need.  "This project is a perfect opportunity to teach students aboutcompassion and give them a desire to help people in need.   They are very excited to make the cranes and to help make a difference".

Local residents receive pharmacy scholarships PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 April 2011 13:18

DES MOINES, IA (04/08/2011)(readMedia)-- The following local residents and pharmacy students at Drake University were recently named scholarship recipients:

Katie Hamilton of Blue Grass, IA, received a Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy Scholarship. Hamilton, a third year student in Drake's professional pharmacy program, received $1000.

Christine Hoegner of Moline, IL, received a Walgreens Scholarship. Hoegner, a fourth year student in Drake's professional pharmacy program, received $3000.

Drake is a private, independent university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an enrollment of approximately 3,300 full-time undergraduate students from 45 states and 50 countries. Drake University's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.

Treasurer Fitzgerald Announces Deadline to Apply for Robert D. Blue Scholarship Draws Near PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Monday, 11 April 2011 12:54

DES MOINES, IA (04/04/2011)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald reminds students that the deadline to apply for a Robert D. Blue Scholarship is drawing near. Applications must be submitted online at by May 10 in order to be eligible for this year's award.

"Over the years we've helped thousands of Iowa students meet their college costs with this scholarship," Fitzgerald stated. "Awards are based on financial need, academic achievements, written recommendations and an original essay." In 2010, ten Iowa students received a $1,000 Robert D. Blue Scholarship award.

The Robert D. Blue Scholarship is awarded by the Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation to honor Iowa students attending college in Iowa. The Foundation was created in 1949 to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Iowa's acceptance into the union. Governor Blue wished to encourage the youth of the state to continue their education at one of Iowa's fine institutions of higher learning. In 1990, the Foundation officially named the scholarship to honor the late Governor Blue.

Robert D. Blue Scholarship applications are only accepted online at, and the winners will be announced during the summer. Those who would like more information on the Robert D. Blue Scholarship should visit the website, or call the treasurer's office at (515) 242-5270.

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