As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, this is your chance for some good news in the Quad-Cities!
Each month, in conjunction with our partners at ‘Paula Sands Live’ at KWQC-TV6, we feature What’s The Good News, a look at the interesting things happening in and around the Quad-Cities.
So what’s the good news for March? Glad you asked!
Local author Jason Platt’s latest “College Misadventures” comes out in April!
Moline author Jason Platt’s latest book for young adults, “Middle School Misadventures: Dance Disaster” will be available worldwide from Little Brown Publishing on April 5th!
Jason will be doing book signings in the area after his release.
Pre-order at: middleschoolmisadventures.com/books!
Bettendorf Library receives $5,000 for self-help materials
The Bettendorf Public Library received $5,000 as part of a grant from the Iowa State Library from American Rescue Plan Act funds. The grant was used to expand the library’s digital collection of books and audiobooks specifically designed to support psychology, professional development, personal finance, wellness, and more. These electronic offerings are available to Bettendorf Public Library cardholders at https://rivershare.overdrive.com/rivershare-Bettendorf/content/collection/1263776 and are part of the Library’s vision to support the quest for knowledge and information from the community.
Milan’s Dr. Dorian Maag Named Illinois Director of the Year
Dr. Dorian Maag, principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Milan, has been named Elementary Principal of the Year for the Blackhawk area by the Illinois Principals Association (IPA).
The award recognizes secondary school principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and their learning community. Some of the criteria for awarding the award are: demonstrate a positive impact on the education and advocacy of children, highly respected by students, colleagues and the community, and demonstrate strong leadership in establishing high standards for staff and students.
Dr. Maag has been director of Thomas Jefferson for two years and has already made an impact. A testimony in his nomination said, “I had the pleasure of witnessing heartfelt interactions between Dr. Maag and the students of TJ. My daughter really lights up every time she sees it.
RIMSD #41 Superintendent Dr. Lawrence says it’s an honor to have Dr. Maag on the team, “Dr. Maag has only been principal of our school district for two years and the fact that she has been appointed is a true testament to the kind of principal she is. Since her time here she has done a tremendous job and done it during a global pandemic.
Dr. Maag was recognized on Monday, February 28 by the Illinois Principal Association.
Congratulations Dr. Maag!
The Matheletes compete!
A number of local students are participating in the Illinois State MathCounts contest!
Edison Junior High School in Rock Island has an entire team competing in the statewide competition, and Washington Junior High School’s Nathan Anderson competes solo in the competition held in Skokie, Illinois.
Good luck to everyone!
EveryChild seeks nominations for champions
EveryChild, the non-profit organization formerly known as the Child Abuse Council, is now accepting nominations for its Champions for Every Child awards. Three awards are given annually to an individual, business or non-profit organization and a young adult 18 years of age or younger to celebrate community leaders who dedicate their time, expertise or donations to ensuring a safe and healthy childhood. healthy for all.
“These local heroes are too often overlooked, but every day, they work for every child by our side,” said Mark Mathews, Executive Director of EveryChild. “Child well-being is a community issue, and it is our privilege to lead by example with Champions for Every Child recognition.”
By March 21, anyone in the community can nominate any person or organization they feel represents EveryChild’s mission, vision and values. A panel of two staff members, two board members and two past winners will review nominations and recommend winners to the CEO and Board Chair.
Recipients of this year’s Champions for Every Child recognition will be honored at the organization’s Celebrate Every Child Gala on Thursday, April 28, at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.
To make a nomination, complete the short form at foreverychild.org/blog/champions.
Startups in Illinois and Iowa can get help from a new program for entrepreneurs
New funding and resources for entrepreneurs and startups are coming to QC as The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative, Inc. (NewBoCo) expands. Additionally, ISA Ventures, Iowa’s first multi-stage venture capital studio, plans to expand into the Quebec region by creating a local network of investors to support regional entrepreneurs on both sides of the river. .
NewBoCo, a Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit, launched the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA) in 2014 which has helped 67 Iowa businesses by providing entrepreneurs with the knowledge, expertise and more than 6 million dollars in direct investment. In turn, these companies raised nearly $100 million in additional venture capital funding and added hundreds of jobs to the region’s economy. The union network enables NewBoCo to expand its programming and provide seed funding to entrepreneurs in the Quad Cities area.
Once funded, businesses will participate in the intensive Iowa Startup Accelerator, which provides instruction, mentorship and guidance to help the entrepreneur establish a foundation for scalability or expansion into sectors such as agriculture , health, education, manufacturing and transportation. Participating startups also get access to NewBoCo’s strong agency support, including marketing and design services, software development, web design, social media support, innovation workshops, writing and consulting in public relations.
Accredited local investors are needed to launch the union network. Union investors can invest in tech startups across QC and beyond. To find out more, visit isaventures.com.
Sean Leary is a writer, director, artist, musician, producer, and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since he started at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. A graduate with honors from the master’s program at the University of Southern California, he has written more than 50 books, including the best-selling books The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.