'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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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