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Written by Elisha Smith
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:43
By John Crabtree,
, Center for Rural Affairs
According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural counties in 10 Midwest and Great Plains states have higher poverty and greater food insecurity than urban centers in the region. Poverty rates among rural children are most alarming.
These findings challenge conventional policy debates, which often conclude that poverty and food insecurity are primarily urban issues. According to the Center’s report, 414,331 people in rural areas, or 13.3% of the rural regional population, were living in poverty in 2010. That same year, 145,065 or 16.4% of rural children in the region lived in poverty compared to 14.1% in metropolitan counties.
Moreover, the growing phenomena of “food deserts” - the lack of outlets for purchasing food – is impacting residents across rural America. And combined with increased rural poverty, especially among rural children, food insecurity among rural families is on the rise.
Addressing these trends requires finding new, innovative ways to create jobs and economic opportunity in rural areas. Unfortunately, the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill makes no investment in the value-added, small business and rural community development strategies that could revitalize America’s rural communities.
Investing in the future of rural America means that economic opportunity and food security for rural families must become a priority – a profound change from those in the Senate’s current Farm Bill proposal. Visit www.cfra.org to view the reports mentioned above and if, like me, you hope to set better priorities for the nation and create a better future for rural America.
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Stage & Theatre
Written by Rick St. Laurent
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 15:23
Dear Rivermont Community,
Today Rivermont students and faculty participate in our annual Service Day. Although our students are involved in numerous service activities throughout the year this day is special because we try to have every student from Kindergarten through Grade Twelve go out into the Quad City community. The inspiration came a few years ago when the Upper School decided that there was still a lot to be done after participating in the United Way Day of Caring. That year they decided to hold a second "Day of Caring." Lower School students and teachers were motivated by the example of the Upper School and suggested that everyone go out and serve the community.
This is so Rivermont! Someone gets an idea and does something about it. Other students are motivated to join in and before you know it a tradition is born. Call it community, call it positive peer pressure, call it setting the example, it all comes down to leadership. Leadership begins with one and grows from there. How uplifting and encouraging to be part of a school community that is focused on developing good ideas and caring habits. The Rivermont Experience is not just one thing, but rather a collection of ideas and people who seek to advance the entire community.
Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grade students have been busy making special cards for the residents of the Bettendorf Care Center. The students and their teachers will travel to the Center to hand deliver the cards to each resident then they are off to Rocket Park to clean the park and have a picnic lunch.
Second Graders decided that they wanted a special project of their own. The students (with parent help) organized a bake sale to raise money to donate to the Fulton Illinois De Immuigrant Windmill. Their entrepreneurial efforts will purchase a brick in the memorial walkway.
After taking a river cruise, the Fourth Grade will clean up Butterworth Parkway. I am certain the views on their river cruise will motivate them to help clean one of our beautiful parkways.
Fifth Graders will take a step toward Middle School as they work on the National Junior Honor Society garden on our campus. Vegetables from this garden will be donated to our local agencies to provide good, nutritious food.
Our strings students will travel to Manor Care Nursing Home in Davenport to entertain the residents while our ShowChoir will take their talents on the road with five concerts at other local centers.
Middle Schoolers will walk to area elementary schools and read to students, bringing their love of reading to the community. That done, they will get bags and gloves and clean the neighborhood surrounding our campus.
The Upper School students and faculty will travel to CASI and Cafe on Vine to lend a helping hand. One group will also participate in the Quad Cities Leadercast and provide support service for this conference and one group will stay behind to work on the campus grounds.
For the Middle and Upper Schools, the day began with a service leadership workshop led by the Davenport Volunteer Connection and Dean Ed Knupp. Students will explore ways they can become more involved in their local communities while learning how to share their talents.
Intellect, Character, and Creativity! Everyday but especially today!
Rick St. Laurent
Congratulations to our Middle School students and Director Kris Skaggs for putting on a fantastic production of "Looking Glass Land" last weekend.
On to Nationals! Congratulations to Lolly Telleen, Adam Dada and Grace Moran who placed First in their division at the National History Day - Senior State Competition. They will represent Iowa at the National Competition in June! History is made here everyday!
WQPT, along with Butterworth Center & Deere - Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum and Midwest Writing Center are proud to announce the winners of the PBS Kids Go Writers Contest. 16 winners were chosen, four from each grade.
First Grade - Third Place: Isabella Jones
Third Grade - Second Place: Angela Jones
Congratulations to our Sixth Grade Math Bee Team for placing 5th in the state. Naina Ninan and Sophia Xiao received special awards for their individual scores. We are so glad we can count on you Kenton Fee, Niana Ninan, Collin Smith, Sophia Xiao and alternate Perapa Chotiprasidhi! Special thanks to volunteer coach Mrs. Chae Hee Porubcin.
Good Luck to Rivermont's participants in the National History Day - Junior State Competition on Monday, May 7. Kenton Fee, Sophia Xiao, Naina Ninan, Emilia Porubcin, Shivani Ganesh, & Manasa Pagadala.
Fifth grader Mahum Haque won 2nd place in the regional What the Flag Means to Me essay contest. She writes, "I believe the flag means justice,k perseverance, hope, and all our country's accomplishments. I believe the flag means pride and freedom..." She received a savings bond as a reward for her fabulous essay.
Please Watch Your Speed!
Please watch your speed as you drive through the campus especially during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Children (and parents) sometimes walk unexpectedly from between cars.
ALSO, THERE IS A STOP SIGN AT THE END OF THE LOWER PARKING LOT. PLEASE STOP!!!
Rivermont Collegiate Sports Update
Cooperative Sports Programs*
This week Alex Skillin, 8th grade and Ryan Howell, freshman, participated in tryouts for the freshman baseball team at Bettendorf High School. Both are involved with club baseball in the Quad Cities. Alex also competed for and won a spot on the Quad City Blues hockey team which features the best high school hockey players in the area.
Lolly Telleen, freshmann and Shravya Pothula, sophomoren are playing tennis with the Bettendorf team this spring. Next week is the girls conference tournament.
Michal Porubcin, freshman, is competing in the conference tournament with the Bettendorf varsity boys tennis team. Next week, Michal and his teammates will enter District play with the goal of earning a trip to the State Tournament.
The Lions Track & Field team will wrap up their season with the Quad Cities Conference meet next Monday (field events) and Wednesday (running events).
* Did you know that students in Rivermont's Upper School are eligible to play on athletic teams at Bettendorf High School when Rivermont does not field its own team? In the past students have participated on the football, track, swimming and soccer teams. Rivermont students have been welcome participants thanks to their strong work ethic and respect.
Good luck to Lions of all ages as they compete in
their spring and summer sports programs!
Registration for summer camp is now open!
Don't miss out on one of the best summer camps in the Quad Cities! Click the link above to download your brochure today. Space is limited and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. These classes are open to the entire community, so invite a friend!
8 Full Weeks of Enrichment Classes!
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
and the Total is
Thank you to Event Chair Kristine Teitle and the entire Auction Committee for making it a glamorous and successful evening.
Donations can still be made to this year's Fund-A-Need
Electronic & Experiential Education
will continue the School's efforts to incorporate leading technology in the curriculum while also establishing a series of off campus learning trips that will develop leadership, stewardship and resilience!
Donations may be sent to the Business Office.
Please indicate it is for Fund A Need 2012.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Dr. & Mrs. Michal Porubcin
Sears Manufacturing Company
Drs. Rajesh & Bindu Alla
Ed & Courtney Decker
Muna Strasser, DDS
Eye Surgeons Associates - Tina Eckhardt, MD
Select Benefit Solutions - Michael White
Lilac Hill Photography
American Safety Training Solutions
Davenport Printing Company
Bullseye Direct Mail
Special keepsake headshots of our students are still on sale from the School if you were not able to attend the event. Please contact Tammi or Linda. $15 each
Go online and purchase photos of the evening
A Benefit for Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.
at the Family Museum, Bettendorf
June 9, 2012 from 5-8 pm
Entertainment - Food - Balloon Artists
7-18 AP Exam Weeks
7 MS Track at Silvis, 4:00 PM
8 Kindergarten Q & U Wedding, 8:20 AM
9 Parents' Council Meeting, 8:30 AM
MS Track at UTHS, 4:00 PM
10 Grade 7 to Finance Park
Final Day for All Rivermont Art Exhibition
Reception 5:30-6:45 PM
Spring Music Concert, 7:00 PM
11 Last Day for Seniors!
Early School Program, 10:45 AM
Lunch on the Lawn, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
MS-US Imp Tiger Day
14 Spring Sports Night, 6:30 PM
16 Grades 2, 3, 4 Track & Field Event at Augustana College
17 Grade 2 trip to Fulton
18 In-Store Rivermont BookFair at Barnes & Noble - NorthPark
PreSchool & Grade 1 to Adler Theatre
22 Grade 4 trip to Dubuque
23 JrK to Niabi Zoo
24 Middle School trip to Chicago
Admission Open House, 6:00-8:00 PM
24, 25, 29 Upper School Final Exams
25 K to Clinton Discovery Center
28 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
29 Lower School Imp-Tiger Day
30 LS Promotion Ceremony, 9:00 AM
MS & US Awards Ceremony, 10:30 AM
Senior Project Presentations, 5:30 PM - Public Invited!
Senior Dinner, 7:00 PM
31 Grades 5-12 End of Year trip to AdventureLand
1 125th Commencement Exercises, 10:00 AM
11 SUMMER CAMP begins
13 First Day of Classes!
News Releases -
Stage & Theatre
Written by Nathan Porteshawver
Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:21
HELP US SPREAD THE WORD: We are one week away from the World Premier showing of 'The Guardian!' This play was developed with support from Davenport BASICS (a local arts advocacy group) and grant money awarded by the Riverboat Development Authority, The Internet Players has collaborated with playwright Kevin Straus, along with musical composers and recording artists Tony Hartman and Seth Bailin, to create an original show. This show is being directed and produced by Nathan Porteshawver.
The Guardian is about a National Guard finding his way home by befriending a 6 year-old boy named Charles. Together they spark a Green Revolution in their home town.
Please see attached poster or below for all the details!
Location: The Village Theater in East Davenport (Across from 11th Street Precinct)
ADULT TICKET: $10
STUDENT OR SENIOR (65+) TICKETS: $5
Thursday, May 10th at 7:30pm
Friday, May 11th at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 12th at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 13th at 2:00pm
Thursday, May 17th at 7:30pm
Friday, May 18th at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 19th at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 20th at 2:00pm
Half priced tickets available on May 10th! Mothers get in free on May 13th for Mother’s day!
We hope you can make it because the play is both thought provoking and entertaining. Your tickets will be supporting young and old theatre professionals as well as local students who have written essays, illustrated scenery, constructed puppets and interned during this production. Thank you for your time and support!
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Written by Ben Corey
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:53
Every day, patients in local communities are helped by blood donors who give at blood drives coordinated by generous volunteers. Below are just a few examples of patients recently helped by American Red Cross blood donors:
• A child with sickle cell disease was treated with 10 pints of type B negative red cells.
• In just two days, over 100 blood products were needed to treat a child heart transplant patient.
• A new mother received 2 pints of red cells after delivering her baby
Because of dedicated American Red Cross blood donors, blood products were available for these patients and many others like
them. The need is constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to donate blood regularly this summer, helping to ensure a stable supply for patients in need.
This summer, the American Red Cross Live Life. Give Life. summer promotion is helping to raise awareness of the constant need for blood and to encourage regular donations. Presenting donors between May 21 and September 5, 2012 will be entered automatically into the Live Life. Give Life. and the chance to win prize packages to GiftCertificates.com. Visit redcrossblood.org/GiveWin to learn more.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities
5/28/2012, 2:30 pm- 6:30 pm, Northeast Elementary School, 1450 370th Avenue, Goose Lake
5/29/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Clinton Church of Christ, 210 N. 13th Street, Clinton
5/23/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St., Kewanee
5/30/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Mercer County Hospital, 409 North West 9th Avenue, Aledo
5/16/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls
5/16/2012, 4:30 pm- 7:30 pm, Montmorency School, 9415 Hoover Road, Rock Falls
5/18/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, RRCA Accounts Management, 201 E. Third Street, Sterling
5/22/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton
5/23/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls
5/25/2012, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St., Prophetstown
5/26/2012, 7:00 am-11:00 am, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls
5/29/2012, 1:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Latin American Social Club, 2708 W. 4th Street, Sterling
5/30/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.
The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™