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The Figge’s Dia de los Muertos event returns Oct. 28th

The beautiful blend of cultures is a quality that makes our great Quad Cities a wonderful place to live. The music, art, and heritage is high quality in our community, as we celebrate, honor, and delve into cultural appreciation. Local events are no exception, and the Figge Art Museum hosts a free Dia de los Muertos fiesta on Sunday, October 28 from 12-5 p.m. 

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Young learners can explore STEAM education through Bereskin Gallery’s latest program addition

Exploration and curiosity of learning are two of the most important parts of education. From the moment a child enters this world, their lives are often filled with crawling, walking, look, learning — the list is endless. It’s a natural inhibition to want to learn in a hands-on environment. Even reluctant learners can find something to pique their interest when they are immersed in a safe and relevant learning environment. It begs the question, how can we immerse our children in these programs outside of the classroom walls? To further their need to explore?

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Celebrate diversity with ¡VIVA! Quad Cities

Celebrating who we are as individuals is an important part of our lives.  Every day this semester I have planned on how best to teach my students about human rights.  The curriculum mandates several lessons on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  There are so many important aspects of that document, but the main item I want my students to take away is to be proud of who you are — your heritage, your language, your culture, and you as an individual. 

¡VIVA! Quad Cities allows that dream of being proud of who you are, and the family you come from to come true for many as they host their 25th annual ¡VIVA! Quad Cities Fiesta on Saturday, September 8.  It’s the Quad Cities largest celebration of Hispanic culture.

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QC take on the great Mississippi Valley Fair

The smell of fried food hits the Midwestern air, and you can’t help but think one thing — it’s fair season! That one time of year you ditch those healthy eating habits and spend all night singing along to catchy music. Add in some cool rides and livestock it’s the essence of the Midwest on a sole property. The Mississippi Valley Fair did what it does best once again — bringing the food and the fun all into one venue.
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The East Moline Paletero Project

As a teacher, pride for your students never ceases to fail. Whether a homework assignment, an extracurricular, a service activity, or something different altogether — it’s an indescribable feeling. It bubbles up inside of you, and you are bursting to the seams with joy. When they get the idea to start a business to make money for a school trip, so they can further their education, and manage to present their concepts in front of the Quad Cities Chamber, you can’t help but smile. This is exactly what my former students, Sergio Garcia, 12, and Jesús Gutierrez, 13, from my time student teaching 7th and 8th grade ESL English/Language Arts at Glenview have done to “keep their eyes on the prize” and succeed in furthering their education. 

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Come to the great Mississippi Valley Fair

The warm summer breeze, sand in your feet, a drink of choice in your hand, and your voice is hoarse after singing every known lyric as the sound of music devours the arena. But that concert wasn’t the start of all the fun, it was the second part of an evening first spent eating the best of fair foods, previewing livestock and adorable animals, and spinning round and round on rides where your legs shook for several minutes after it ended.

This scenario could be anywhere, but nothing quite fits it like the annual Mississippi Valley Fair. It’s one of the times that almost everyone in the Quad Cities finds themselves in the same place. With 6 concerts and admission to the fair itself, the $55-$60 Fun Card proves to be a smart and money-savvy opportunity to have a week’s worth of fun and entertainment.
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Family Museum promotes importance of literacy, interdisciplinary and exploratory learning through Eric Carle exhibit

If there’s one thing you all have figured by my posts over the last several years, I find extreme importance in children’s literacy. As a teacher who has watched literacy develop in Pre-K through 8th grade, you often wonder where does it all began in the lives of your students. Maybe their parent read to their child during their pregnancy, or right after they began their journey in this world — but the real question is, what book did it start with?

I couldn’t even begin to name the books my parents probably read me by the time I was born, or even a month old — the list was that large. But what is common about these lists? They often contain similar books, and several written by Eric Carle.

Author of the childhood classic, A Very Hungry Caterpillar (and more!), Eric Carle’s stories and illustrations have become a favorite part of family libraries. Bettendorf’s Family Museum has placed emphasis on this sentiment through their latest summer exhibition, “A Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit.” 

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Moline Library sets sail with summer fun through family STEM challenges

There’s two and a half months worth of summer vacation from school, and there’s a hundred different ways to spend it. Whether you spend it enjoying lazy days at the pool, running around outside, relaxing in the cool breeze of the air conditioning, or participating in fun STEM activities, the possibilities are endless. This summer the Moline Public Library is encouraging families to come on in, and dive into a world of literacy, engineering, history and other related STEM activities through their World Monument Building Challenge that started June 11th and ends June 30th.

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Investigate Nahant Marsh with Toddlers

Learning, understanding, inquiring and exploring begin the minute a child is born. From the first day of their life, they’re looking at everything, wondering about the world and the people around them. As children grow into toddlers and preschoolers, they are into everything — literally. Pulling out the brooms, towels, make-up bags and hair-bands, and piling up everything on the floor they for someone to notice as they count out the objects. Soaked in mud, children run back into the house, beaming in pride at their family members because they found an insect.

The exploration never stops, and the learning does not either. It’s the perfect combination that Nahant Marsh Education Center wants to continue to foster during childhood development through their early childhood programs.

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