'Poor Kids' documentary to be shown at WIU

Posted Online: Feb. 02, 2013, 9:29 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
The PBS documentary "Poor Kids" will be shown at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Rooms 103 and 104 at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline.

Produced by Jezza Neumann and Lauren Mucciolo, the documentary, which premiered nationwide in November, tells the story of poverty in America through the eyes of children, including some from the Quad-Cities. A film crew spent eight months last year in the area, following three families who live in poverty.

"Poor Kids" offers a perspective on the nation's flagging economy and impact of unemployment, foreclosure, homelessness and financial distress as seen through the eyes of kids. A post-film discussion Tuesday will be led by Tammy Werner of the WIU-QC sociology department.

While the screening is free and open to the public, those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable item for the River Bend Food Bank. The screening is being sponsored by WIU-Quad Cities; the WIU-QC Communication Student Society (CSS); WQPT, the local PBS station; and the River Bend Food Bank of the Quad Cities.

For more information, visit pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poor-kids.


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1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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