Quad Cities school districts have seen a small decline in the number of students who have been absent for too many days of the school year.

National-level research has found that students who miss even just 9 days of the school year have lower grades and score lower on standardized tests.

Quad Cities residents with a household income of $57,000 or less are eligible for free tax preparation services offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program of United Way of the Quad Cities Area at 14 different sites. IRS-certified trained volunteers will prepare taxes at no cost.

On Giving Tuesday (November 28), United Way of the Quad Cities Area collected monetary donations and items. Because of the generosity of the Quad Cities, items were distributed on Monday, December 11, 2017.

United Way of the Quad Cities Area will host the event, Rallying Around Mental Health with Linda Henderson-Smith from the National Council for Behavioral Health, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

United Way of the Quad Cities Area will host the event, Rallying Around Mental Health with Linda Henderson-Smith from the National Council for Behavioral Health, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

United Way of the Quad Cities Area is pleased to host celebrity Chef Carlos Gaytan at the sold-out fundraiser for Women United’s Born Learning initiative. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Crow Valley Golf Club, Davenport.

United Way of the Quad Cities Area will host Day of Caring on Thursday, September 21, 2017, when 1,600 volunteers will participate in more than 90 projects throughout the Quad Cities.

Challenge 5 Day

What: Every student at every school in the Quad Cities is challenged to attend school on August 30. We’re trying to break attendance records.

When: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
•    8:00 a.m. high fives with community leaders and students
•    8:15 a.m. school starts
•    8:30 a.m. superintendents’ remarks

 

Where: Frances Willard Elementary School, 2503 9th St., Rock Island

The City of Rock Island is currently installing sharrows on city streets, indicating that the marked
areas are appropriate for bicyclists and vehicles. Sharrows are a pavement marking designed
to help increase motorists' attention to sharing the roadway with bicyclists. This approach is
generally used where street widths cannot accommodate bike lanes. Rock Island is the first
Quad Cities community to install sharrows on city streets, and is doing so as part of the City's
Bikeways Plan.

In areas where there is no on-street parking, the sharrows are being installed 4 feet from the
curb. Where on-street parking is permitted, the sharrows are being installed 11 feet from the
curb to allow for parked cars.

Ed Barsotti, Executive Director of League of Illinois Bicyclists explains, "Sharrows let motorists
know that they may see bicyclists more often on a particular road. Sharrows also tell cyclists
where best to position themselves on the road. Sharrow markings are on the right side of the
road, since wrong-way riding, against the flow of traffic, is both illegal and unsafe. Bicyclists
on the right side are better seen at intersections, which is critical for bike safety. Sharrows
are placed a few feet from parked cars, to prevent car doors from opening into the path of
a bicyclist. If there's no parking, sharrows are a few feet from the road edge, since riding on
the edge encourages cars to unsafely 'squeeze by' in the same lane, with less than the legal
minimum three feet of passing clearance."