Lights ON Day

Even though it is fall break at United Township High School...students in the Lights ON program are spending the day learning about local history

(East Moline) Heather Monson, Social Studies teacher at United Township High School, is leading a unique local history excursion for UT students on their fall intersession.  Approximately 50 students volunteered to take part in this experience, which focuses on Quad City history from the Civil War to the 21st century.  Through visits to the Black Hawk Hotel, Arsenal Island, Davenport House and Modern Woodman Park, students will learn how residences of the Quad Cities lived, worked and played through the decades.  The goal is for students to investigate our community's role in the American History they are studying in the classroom.  This trip is made possible by the 21st Century Learning Communities Grant and the Lights On for Learning grant coordinators.

Agenda:  Approximately 50 students and 4 adults will be leaving from UTHS at 9am.
9:00-9:30am-Travel to the Blackhawk Hotel
9:30-10:30am-Private tour of Historic Blackhawk Hotel
10:30-10:40am Travel to Modern Woodman Ball Park
10:45-11:30am Behind the scenes look at Modern Woodman Park
11:30-12:15pm Lunch in Sky Deck
12:15-12:30pm  travel to Arsenal Island Via Moline
12:30-1:30pm Groups Split 1st Group Arsenal Museum/Davenport House
1:30-2:30pm Route Groups
2:30pm Load buses, drive through cemetery...head home

• The students in Danville have learned that Anne Frank had a pen pal in their small town in Iowa before she went into hiding.

• Today they are trying to collect 1.5 million postcards in remembrance of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished.

• YouTube video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFxiL3nvRh8
• Flyer attached.
• Please help get the word out so that postcards come from across the nation and around the world. This will help the Danville students meet their goal of 1.5 million.

Anne Frank's Iowa Connection - Few know it but the most famous face in the Holocaust had a pen pal in Danville, Iowa named Juanita Wagner. Anne sent a letter and a postcard from her vast collection to young
Juanita. This has inspired the students of Danville schools to launch a postcard campaign.

Their goal is to collect 1.5 million postcards in remembrance of the 1.5 million Jewish children who died in the Holocaust.

It's a great project for classrooms across America to experience. They also hope to get postcards from abroad. Please tell another teacher about this amazing project today and help the kids in Danville reach their goal!

Send postcards to:

Danville Schools - 419 S Main Street - Danville, Iowa - 52623

For more information contact Janet Hesler (319) 392-4221

Friday, September 27, 2013

Doors open at 6:30

Basic line-dance lessons from 6:30-7:30

Music by North of 40 from 7:30-11:30

Happy Joes Pizza will be sold by the slice from starting at 6:30

Raffle drawings at 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00pm?Cash and Prizes!!

*Tickets can be purchased for $5.00 each

Buy 10 tickets to reserve a table for your friends/family!!

*$100 to be a table sponsors

$100 towards the bar for the best decorated table!!

*Special Raffle drawing @ 9:00pm-tickets will be presold until the event

Only 250 tickets sold at $10.00 each

Come & Dodge High Fares, and play Dodgeball- with the Quad City International Airport & Allegiant!

When: Friday July 19th, from 6 - 10 p.m.

Where: Augustana's Pepsico Rec Center, near Westerlin Dorms, 30th St., Rock Island

Time: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.   Registered teams should arrive by 5:15 p.m. for sign-in and team photos

First 100 participants & spectators through the door receive a goodie bag with fun items inside!

Registration & Rules can be found at qcairport.com/dodgeball
Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams!
PLUS....1st place team selects one of three local charities to receive 50% of the entry fees collected. (Teams 2 & 3 share the remaining 50%, or 25% each, to the remaining two charities. Everyone wins!)

Teams need to register by no later than Monday, July 15th (for pre-planning purposes at the facility) by logging on to  www.qcairport.com/dodegeball

Just want to watch? Light duty volunteer opportunities available! E-mail Cathie at the Quad City International Airport: Cathie@qcairport.com

Quad City Immigrants are getting their first hearing screenings this week.....thanks to Augustana students who are volunteering their time and expertise

(Rock Island, IL)   According to Augustana College Assistant Professor, Ann Perreau the screenings taking place this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is a win-win for all involved.  The 64 immigrants attending "English as a Second Language" classes at Church of Peace in Rock Island will receive a vital service and the Augustana students will get some experience testing hearing.

Dr. Perreau says approximately 18 student volunteers will be assisting with the hearing screening.  She says all of the students are Communication Sciences and Disorders majors, who will likely pursue careers as speech-language pathologists and audiologists. "We have a relatively new audiology program at the Augustana College Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing and we will be using several pieces of new equipment following funding we have received from local agencies over the past 1-2 years to conduct this screening".

***The media is invited to the screenings for pictures and videos on Wednesday, May 15th at 10:00 am at the Church (1114 12th St.  Rock Island).  The students and organizers will be available for interviews***

The program is a cooperative effort among Black Hawk College, the Secretary of State, Rock Island School District, the Regional Office of Education Lights ON, Rock Island Library, and the Church of Peace.

The students are from many countries with the majority being from Myanmar (used to be called Burma), Iraq, and Africa (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania).

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Quad City Immigrants are getting their first hearing screenings this week.....thanks to Augustana students who are volunteering their time and expertise.

(Rock Island, IL)   According to Augustana Professor, Ann Perreau the screenings taking place this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays is a win-win for all involved.  The 64  immigrants attending "English as a Second Language "classes at Church of Peace in Rock Island will get a vital service and the students will get some experience.

Dr. Perreau says 18-20 student volunteers will be assisting with the hearing screening.  She says all of the students are Communication Sciences and Disorders majors, who will likely pursue careers as speech-language pathologists and audiologists. "We have a relatively new audiology program at the Augustana College Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing and we will be using several pieces of new equipment following funding we have received from local agencies over the past 1-2 years to conduct this screening."

The program is a cooperative effort among Black Hawk College, the Secretary of State, Rock Island School District, the Regional Office of Education Lights ON, Rock Island Library, and the Church of Peace.

The students are from many countries with the majority being from Myanmar (used to be called Burma), Iraq, and Africa (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania).

(Rock Island, IL)  As part of Washington's Lights On For Learning before/after school program, the Drama Team will present two performances of the Brothers Grimm "Spectaculathon," written by Don Zolidis, this Thursday and Friday (May 2nd & 3rd) in the gym at Washington Junior High School, Rock Island, beginning at 6:30pm.  There will be a pre-show starting at 5:45pm showcasing student written skits on both nights.

The "Spectaculathon" is a fun performance where modern twists are added to many beloved fairy tales--Rapunzel, Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, and many more. Audiences are sure to have a good time because there are many scenes with crowd involvement.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome to further support drama at Washington. The student-performers started rehearsing in February.

**The media is invited to the show and interview the cast and crew***

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60 John Deere Middle Schoolers are going on a treasure hunt this weekend looking for $300.00 in gold and silver in their backyard

(Moline, IL)  Four fields near the school will be filled with dimes and nickels Saturday morning and by using metal detectors the kids are going to get rich!  It's all about learning map skills, soil science, writing, data analysis, and graphing when they look for "gold" underground.  The Lights ON for Learning students are calling themselves the "Spartan Treasure Hunters" and the media is invited to interview them, their parents, and the sponsors?they can even hunt!

According to the Site Coordinators of the Lights ON for Learning grant, Chad Potter, the program was developed out of a partnership among the Lights On 21st Century, John Deere Middle,  Minelab USA (which is providing the metal detectors) and Chuck Smalley at SW Supplies and Prospecting.

***The hunt is being held at the John Deere Middle School in Moline (2035 11th Street) on Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 am.  The media is invited to witness the hunt in which the students will be using metal detectors to the find hidden treasures.

In addition to the hunt Potter says there will be a "Try It" station which is a mini clinic about metal detecting as a hobby put on by Minelab USA representatives for parents and teachers.  Students will participate in one of four "seeded" hunts to find coins and other interesting items.  There will also be a number of presentations related to the metal detecting hobby.  Potter says the school is going to create a metal detecting club after this initial venture.

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(Davenport, IA)  Rachael Cupp, an Edison Junior High school student and a participant in the Lights On program there, wrote an essay as part of  the "Children and the Holocaust" essay contest sponsored by the Holocaust Education Committee of the Greater Quad Cities Area.  (www.holocausteduqca.com)

The essay was to be about a child/youth who was caught in or witnessed the events of the WWII Holocaust.  And, by telling the story, the writer was to also share how this made the Holocaust more meaningful to him/her.  Rachael writes about Syvia Perlmutter whose family was forced to live in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland.  Syvia was 4 years old when the war began and 10 when it ended. In her essay, Rachael shared what a typical day was like for Syvia and the "ongoing nightmare" of finding "safer" places and hiding from the Nazis.  According to Rachael, learning about Syvia has helped her to realize how "fortunate I am" and to complain less about the mundane things of daily life.

Rachel, an eighth grader, will have the honor or reading her essay at the YomHasoah Holocaust Remembrance event being held at Temple Emmanuel in Davenport Sunday evening, April 7th (1115 Mississippi Avenue, Davenport) at 7:00 pm.    This special event each year highlights the importance of remembering the Holocaust so such horrors will not occur again.

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(Moline, IL)  Recently, Jennifer Dawkins, senior at Moline High School was named National Merit Scholarship Finalist. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition that begins in a student's sophomore year when students take the PSAT exam. Eligible students must have a consistent record of very high academic performance throughout their entire high school career, plan on enrolling as a full-time college student, be a citizen of the United States and be endorsed by a designated high school official. In October of 2012, approximately 1,500,000 students entered the competition. From there, 50,000 High Scores are advanced to 'qualification statuses'. In September of 2013, approximately two-thirds of these students are recognized as 'Commended Students'.  Last August, Ms. Dawkins was recognized as being part of the other third that advanced to the Semi-Finalist level. Recently, Jen was informed that she has, once again advanced to the Finalist level and will be a recipient of either a Special Scholarship or Merit Scholarship. 1,300 Special Scholarships will be awarded by corporate sponsors. 8,300 Merit Scholarship winners will be awarded one of three types of National Merit Scholarships. The winners of these scholarships will be announced in April, May, and July.

As a student at Moline High School, Jen has made numerous efforts to improve the culture of our school. She has a natural heart for looking after others, and she serves others wherever is able. In her efforts to help, she has volunteered at our Special Olympics and has been involved with National Honor Society. As a member of NHS, Jen has collaboratively worked with other members of our school to raise money to clothe children in need this past holiday season. In addition to impacting student needs, Jen's passion for health occupations has led her to initiate the idea of starting a Health Occupation Students of America chapter for our school. Thanks to her efforts, our staff has begun taking steps to add this program to our extra-curricular activities. This chapter will be highly beneficial for future students wishing to pursue work in the health field.

Not only is Jen an outstanding citizen, she is an exceptional athlete! She has been a highly sought after tutor and mentor to her cross-country teammates. She has been capable of managing her time and efforts in order to assist her teammates on and off the practice fields. Her cross-country coach, Tauwon Taylor, said, "She has strong leadership skills and is determined to be successful! She is captain of the cross-country team and leads by example. Her determination and work ethic helped her team win the conference title four years in a row!" In addition to all of these successes, Jen has participated in youth activities at Our Savior Lutheran Church, participates in multiple road races, and finds time to bake, workout, and spend time with friends and family. In the fall, Jennifer plans on attending a four-year college to major in Bio-medical Engineering.

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