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Written by M. McNeil   
Thursday, 12 May 2011 07:16
Just Kids Commemorates Anniversary with Sports-Themed Celebration

April 26, 2011 – Just Kids Early Care & Education Centers in Milan, IL is celebrating 35 years of providing high-quality early education services to the Quad Cities community.

Just Kids is a non-profit, United Way partner that has been providing services in Milan since the organization’s inception. They operate 4 child development centers and serve over 250 families annually. Just Kids has over 50 early childhood professionals working together to educate young children, build public support for high-quality programs, improve professional practice and support area families.

“All young children deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life. Just Kids has had a great opportunity to contribute to this need for the past 35 years,” said Vera Hinrichsen, Executive Director of Just Kids. “I am honored that parents have continued to turn to us to help give their children a positive start.”

The organization is inviting the community, particularly current and former Just Kids families, to celebrate their 35th anniversary at their “High Five for 35” event on May 11, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 at the Milan Community Center, 2701 1st Street East, Milan. This sports-themed event will feature free family activities, crafts, raffle baskets and dinner for $1. Kids can also meet Mo Mallard and Monkey Joe. Blackhawk Bank & Trust, a loyal supporter of Just Kids, is serving as the principal sponsor of this celebration.

For more information on Just Kids Early Care & Education Centers, please visit

Local Girl Scouts will send over 30,000 boxes of cookies to troops overseas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kady Riches   
Monday, 09 May 2011 13:59

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois would like to thank the supporters of the 2011 Troop 2 Troop Cookie Share Program. Through the generosity people in our communities and the hard work of our Girl Scouts, we have collected more than 31,000 boxes of cookies that will be sent to our troops overseas. This is more than double the amount collected last year. Thanks to all who purchased cookies for our Troop 2 Troop program!

We would also like to thank Iowa’s Bravest and Riverbend Troop Support for coordinating the transportation of the cookies to our men and women serving overseas.

Didn’t get a chance to purchase cookies or donate cookies to our military troops? Be ready for your opportunity when the girls sell again next February!

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development program for girls where girls can have fun, make new friends and learn new things in a safe all-girl setting. For more information, visit or call your local Girl Scout Leadership Center at 800-798-0833.

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Morrow Raises $5000 for Kids’ Charities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Rose   
Monday, 09 May 2011 13:51

Makes Record 2000 Pushups

MOLINE, IL— May 2, 2011 - John Morrow’s Push-Ups for Peace event last Saturday netted $5000 for charity and a world record 2000 push-ups on the backs of hands in an hour by John Morrow. According to Morrow, the current Guinness World Record holder for this event is Paddy Doyle of England, who made 1940 five years ago. Morrow will submit his claim to Guinness for review.

“I’m still running on adrenalin,” said Morrow on Monday, two days after the event. “I feel terrific, and it’s nice to be on the way to eating again!” Morrow accomplished 2000 push-ups in the hour on the backs of his hands, after fasting for 41 days. His videographer, Chuck McClurg, has the event recorded as the climax of a video documentary Morrow hopes will air on national TV.

Approximately 200 people were in attendance, including the group push-uppers, volunteers and the media.

“We more than doubled last year’s donations to kids’ charities,” said Morrow. “It was great to see so many people show up with such enthusiasm and willingness to participate in any way they were able.”

All push-up proceeds are evenly divided between Quad City Children's Therapy Center, Kids Against Hunger, and the Make A Wish Foundation. Spectator admission proceeds will benefit the Rock Island Word of Life food pantry.


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Written by Charlie Becker   
Monday, 09 May 2011 12:35
MAY 2011

MONTICELLO, IA - On Sunday, May 15, 2011 Camp Courageous will hold the 24th annual “Cruisin’ for Camp Courageous” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presented by the Cedar Valley Street Rods, it is one of Iowa’s largest charity Car Shows and features hundreds of show cars, race cars, and trucks.  This is a family event with a large silent and live auction, food, music, and huge craft show.  New this year will be a large antique show in camp's Sill Barn. Pin striping demonstrations will be available and kids will love the games, prizes, and camp's bouncy house!  Also, the Camp Courageous train will be on the track to entertain all ages.  Car enthusiasts from everywhere will want to attend this event with all proceeds going to Camp Courageous.

Admission is $5.00 for adults.  Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.  This fee will admit you to all events including the car show, entertainment, and much more.  Free parking is available.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational facility for individuals with special needs and is run on donations, without government assistance, formal sponsorship, or paid fundraisers. In 2010 nearly 6,000 campers were served.

For more information contact Camp Courageous at (319) 465-5916 Ext. 2130 or visit
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Written by Rahel Marsie-Hazen   
Monday, 02 May 2011 11:48

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program today named an Iowa student as one of America’s top ten youth volunteers for 2011 at the 16th annual national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Honored as a National Honoree was:

Sarah Cronk, 18, of Bettendorf, co-founded a cheerleading squad at her high school that includes students with disabilities, and then formed a nonprofit corporation that encourages teens across the country to start similar squads at their schools.

Also recognized during the four-day celebration as an Iowa State Honoree was:

Jungah Kelly Lee, 14, of West Des Moines, organized a small group of youth and adult volunteers to clean up trash once a week in her neighborhood in order to make it safer and more attractive.

As a National Honoree, Sarah received a personal award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for her school and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for the nonprofit charitable organization of her choice. State Honorees received awards of $1,000 and engraved silver medallions. Both students received an all-expense-paid trip with their parents to Washington, D.C., for this week’s recognition events. At last night’s event the two students received personal congratulations from Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon.

About the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community of Awards, the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer service, was created in 1995 by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The program serves to honor young people who are committed to making a positive difference and to inspire others to consider how they can also contribute to their communities and the world.

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