New program spotlights educators and learning activities from 14 area school districts with help from KWQC-TV6 and The United Way

BETTENDORF, IOWA (May 11, 2020)  Even though classrooms remain closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way, area superintendents, school districts, and cultural institutions are working together to make learning accessible to all students and families at home.

United Way Quad Cities in partnership with KWQC-TV6, 14 local school districts, and area cultural institutions, will launch Learn United Quad Cities, a one-hour daily televised virtual classroom series Monday, May 11, at 3PM.

“Online learning is a good option for keeping students on track during this challenging time. Unfortunately, too many kids in our region do not have reliable access to the internet or a computer,” said Rene Gellerman, president and CEO of United Way Quad Cities.

“We’re fortunate to have collaborative school districts who routinely work together and were ready to respond when KWQC-TV6 approached us with this innovative solution to help kids succeed in school.”

The hour-long, Monday-to-Friday program will run 3-4PM. It will feature local teachers along with art and culture educators who will deliver daily lessons.

“When kids fall behind in school, they get frustrated and check out before they drop out.” Gellerman said. “Bringing teachers into the homes of students will help bridge the learning gap and keep them on track. We’re grateful for the leadership and initiative of KWQC-TV6 and our school districts for quickly coming together with a plan that supports our families and our kids.”

Each day of the week is dedicated to a different age range, and each day spotlights a different school district or cultural institution.

  • Monday: Preschool through 2nd grade
  • Tuesday: 3rd through 5th grade
  • Wednesday: 6th through 8th grade
  • Thursday: 9th through 12th grade
  • Friday: Cultural institutions (all ages)

Clips from past programs will be posted online by KWQC. For a complete schedule of schools and teachers, visit

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