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2013 WQPT WRITERS CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:55

MOLINE, IL -- WQPT received more than 400 stories from students in kindergarten through third grade for the annual PBS Kids Go Writers Contest. Sixteen winners (four from each grade) were selected by educators and contest sponsors. The winners and their families will be honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

"We received a record number of stories this year. We are thrilled that so many teachers and parents encouraged their young authors and illustrators to participate," said Ana Kehoe, WQPT’s educational outreach director.

Kindergarten

First Place: Rylan Edwards, Ekstrand Elementary, DeWitt, IA

Second Place: Ellie Curnyn, Jane Addams Elementary, Moline, IL

Third Place: Sophia Foad, Cody Elementary School, LeClaire, IA

Honorable Mention: Oliver Borders, Longfellow Liberal Arts, Rock Island, IL

 

First grade

First Place: Georgia Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA

Second Place: Xion Owens-Holst, McKinley Elementary, Davenport, IA

Third Place: Gianna Schwartz, Paul Norton School, Bettendorf, IA

Honorable Mention: Nate Stanger, Garfield School, Davenport, IA

 

Second grade

First Place: Paul Schwartz, Paul Norton School, Bettendorf, IA

Second Place: Isabella Jones, Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, IA

Third Place: Nikhil Ramaraju, Riverdale Heights Elementary, Bettendorf, IA

Honorable Mention: Jena Edwards, Ekstrand Elementary, DeWitt, IA

 

Third grade

First Place: Dalton Morrow, Harrison Elementary, Davenport, IA

Second Place: Alana Kruse, Morning Star Academy, Bettendorf, IA

Third Place: Eden Swails, Riverdale Elementary, Port Byron, IL

Honorable Mention: Calla Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA

 

All the entries will be returned, along with a certificate from PBS. Stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center from May 19-30; the Family Museum from June 3-16; and Figge Art Museum from June 18-30.

The contest is supported by WQPT-Quad Cities PBS, the Butterworth Center, Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum in Bettendorf, Figge Art Museum and the Midwest Writing Center.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University – Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.

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QC sneak preview of abUSed:The Postville Raid May 10 at RozzTox PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Burke   
Monday, 06 May 2013 14:42

Join director Luis Argueta for a special sneak preview of his moving documentary, "abUSed: The Postville Raid" at Rozz Tox on May 10 at 8pm.

Iowa Public TV will air the film on the fifth anniversary of the raid, May 12 (check your local listings), but join us Friday, May 10 at 8pm, for a special screening and chance to meet the award-winning director and immigration activist Luis Argueta.

Mr. Argueta will be present at this screening to introduce the film and take questions about current immigration issues, the lingering effects of the 2008 raid, and his new film, "The U-Turn," a follow-up to "abUSed."
Also in attendance will be Guatemala producer Bea Gallardo Shaul and Iowa producer (and former Quad Citian) Adam Burke.
Voluntary donations will be accepted to assist the victims of the raid and their families and to help produce the upcoming "U-Turn" film.

abUSed: The Postville Raid has received both critical acclaim and broad praise from communities across the country.  The film has been screened at over 200 venues, including colleges, law schools, immigration and workers’ conferences, faith-based communities and at the OIM/CMS Conference on Irregular Migration for the UN Permanent Delegates in NYC. It has been an official entry in 16 international film festivals, receiving the Best Documentary Audience Award at CINEMASSÍ Film Festival in Finland (2012).

For additional information please contact Luis Argueta at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 646.418.3599 or Adam Burke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 319.331.6638.

 
Iowa broadcast premiere of abUSed: The Postville Raid May 12, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Burke   
Monday, 06 May 2013 14:41
NEW YORK, N.Y. May 6, 2013 abUSed: The Postville Raid, the documentary by award-winning director, Luis Argueta, will have its Iowa broadcast premiere on IPTV World on May 12, 2013.  This broadcast will commemorate the 5th anniversary of the devastating immigration raid on a meatpacking plant in the Heartland of America.

The program will air on May 12 at 5:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on IPTV World as part of the WGBH-produced documentary series called “America Reframed.”

abUSed: The Postville Raid weaves together the personal stories of those directly affected by the largest, most brutal and expensive Immigration raid in the history of the United States putting a face on the national debate about immigration.  However, the story of the Postville raid is not just about immigration, but how the rule of law was neglected, how the Constitution was trampled, how due process was overlooked and how the rights of immigrant workers were cast aside.

To see a 2-minute-trailer visit https://vimeo.com/22102237.

“With the new bi-partisan discussions on the issue of immigration reform in Washington the film is even more relevant than ever,” said Mr. Argueta.

abUSed: The Postville Raid has received both critical acclaim and broad praise from communities across the country.  The film has been screened at over 200 venues, including colleges, law schools, immigration and workers’ conferences, faith-based communities and at the OIM/CMS Conference on Irregular Migration for the UN Permanent Delegates in NYC. It has been an official entry in 16 international film festivals, receiving the Best Documentary Audience Award at CINEMASSÍ Film Festival in Finland (2012).

 
Visa Celebrates Free Comic Day, Highlighting Avengers Give Away PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hugh Norton   
Friday, 03 May 2013 14:20

Comic Book Brings Unique Approach to Financial Education into Classrooms and Homes Across the Country

Foster City, CA – May 3, 2013 – Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May each year - when comic book shops across around the world give away comic books free to anyone who comes into their stores. Marvel Comics and Visa Inc. have teamed up to create an enormously popular financial literacy comic book called Avengers: Saving The Day.  Combining Marvel’s iconic characters, including the Avengers and Spider-Man, with Visa’s financial literacy expertise, this comic introduced children to basic money concepts.  Visa distributed over 250,000 copies of the free comic since the release in March, 2012

Avengers: Saving The Day is a 16-page comic book with a fast-moving plot revolving around Spider-Man and the Avengers learning about personal finance, while battling the evil Mole Man during an attempted heist.  The book is accompanied by a teacher’s guide that uses Marvel’s characters to introduce children to basic financial concepts such as budgeting and saving.

Available at no cost, both in print and online at www.practicalmoneyskills.com/avengersAvengers: Saving The Day is available around the world and is available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Hard copies can be ordered at http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/resources/free_materials/

 
Happy Joe Whitty Shares His Inspiring Story PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristel Ersan   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:48

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Happy Joe Whitty loves people, and it shows. He loves to have a goodtime and to make people laugh, and that's just what his new book, “Not Your Average Joe” does.

You’re sure to love this book written by the founder of Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream and theinventor of the Taco pizza! Read about this hard-working, generous, fun-loving entrepreneurwith a natural ability to make people happy. You’ll be inspired, laugh, and maybe shed a fewtears. “I’m not only living proof of the American dream, but proof that the American dream canbecome a reality for any one of us,” Whitty writes. “This is my story…and yours.”

Meet Happy Joe Whitty himself on Saturday, May 4th, 11am – 1pm, at the Barnes & NobleBookstore in North Park Mall in Davenport, or 11am – 1pm the following Saturday, May11th, at Books-A-Million, 4000 E. 53rd Street in Davenport. There will be a meet and greetwhere Joe will visit and answer questions, as well as autograph your book!

Bring your camera and your kids for a photo opportunity with the real Happy Joe and Happy the Dog!

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstoresnationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visitingwww.barnesandnoble.com, www.booksamillion.com, or www.amazon.com.
If you would like more information, please contact Kristel Whitty-Ersan at 563.332.8811, Ext.203, or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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