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POSITIVE, HONEST COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR LITTLE Good communication is key to a successful mentoring relationship, and it starts with listening. Sometimes we only partially listen because we are so pre-occupied with waiting for our own turn to talk! Use these ideas to give 100 percent to communicating with your Little. Whether you’re speaking, listening, watching or just being quiet together. Engage in Good Conversation: Conversations are the foundation of strong relationships, and strong relationships are the goal of meaningful mentoring. Engaging in the art of conversation does not always come naturally to people, and for many adolescents it can be a territory in which they have yet to build skills. Below are some tips for making conversation work. Keep it Going. Asking follow up questions or providing open-ended responses to questions are great ways to keep a conversation going. The idea is not to debate a topic, but to learn more. Try, for example, simply saying, “…tell me more about that.” Conversation Doesn’t Have to Be “Heavy”. It’s perfectly okay to talk with your mentee about neutral topics like favorite foods, the weather, movies and so on. In fact, it can be a good way to build the rapport that’s needed to address more personal or sensitive issues. Having many light, friendly conversations can pave the way for being able to comfortably discuss more difficult issues. Be Prepared for the Unexpected Answer. You may ask a question and get an answer you did not want or expect. Try to suspend your own judgment and let young people express their ideas and opinions.

Listening is Most Important. Conversations with young people are better when mentors practice the art of listening – it shows that we care about them. Timing Can be Everything. If you ask a question that is met with silence or “the look”, maybe this isn’t the best time for a conversation. Or it could be that the specific question triggers a

environment where eye contact isn’t necessary, but where you are in close proximity in a fairly comfortable setting. (radio music, news, etc.) All of these factors can help the conversation flow. There are simple techniques you can start using right away to promote positive communication with your Little without necessarily showing that you agree or disagree with what you are told. Encourage – Show interest (Can you tell me more?). Clarify – Get all the information and clear up any confusion (How did you react when that happened?). Restate – Check meaning and interpretation by repeating back what you think you’ve heard (So what you’re telling me is….). Reflect – Help sort through feelings (It sounds like you feel pretty angry about what happened.). Summarize – Put together key bigger issue and the timing isn’t right yet to “go ideas and facts. (These seem to be the key ideas there”. that you’ve expressed…). If You Ask A Question, Answer the Question. Validate – Acknowledge the worthiness of By sharing your own answers to the questions your mentee. (I’m glad you are willing that you ask your mentee, you equalize the to talk about this.). boundaries in your communication. In contrast, if Encourage Fantasy – Encourage your mentee you are always the one eliciting information from to develop a vision. (Forget the rules for your mentee, he or she might feel “in the hot a moment. If you had a magic wand, seat” and become less comfortable opening up what would you do?). to you. Try Talking While Walking or Driving. SOURCE: Created by Search Institute for MentorSometimes the physical movement, repetition, ing Partnership of Minnesota. Copyright © 2007. and quiet companionship of walking together make it easier to talk together too. Similarly, riding in the car provides a quiet, protective

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Positive, Honest Communication BBBS Job Readiness Graduates First Class HAVlife ideas for your Little Vision Care for Your Little and their family Things to do with your Little Get to Know: Jaime Keller BBBS Dear Match Coach: Invite friends to lunch? Davenport Read Program Rave about your Little: Way to go Donavin!

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Help us measure results! Complete surveys. Bigs’ Night Out set for April Anniversaries Healthy Kids and Money-Wise Kids Gallery of Giving at Kaplan University Updates from Whiteside County & Macomb Pre-Order your plants for PLANT SALE 2014 100 Days / 100 Bigs Community Calendar—April


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APPLY TODAY FOR A HAVlife GRANT FOR YOUR LITTLE We are thrilled that so many of our Littles are getting involved in new activities thanks to the HAVlife grant opportunity. Most recently, Little Sister, Alena is beginning to take piano lessons through the Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling and Little Brother, Kaeden is spending his spring/summer taking dance lessons with the RusHour Dance Company in East Moline! We want this to benefit as many Littles as possible so please take a few moments to talk to your Little about an extracurricular activity he/she might enjoy. These scholarships are available for up to $400 per Little and can cover one activity, or several less-expensive activities.

Contact your Match Coach or call Jaime at 563-323-8006 or jkeller@bbbs-mv.org to get started!

ACTIVITY IDEAS—THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR LITTE Community-Based Matches, keep these ideas in mind as you’re planning your next outing!  Niabi Zoo opens for the season on Monday, April 7th and is offering FREE ADMISSION from April 7th-18th!  Kids 10 and under eat FREE at Pizza Ranch on Tuesday nights after 4pm.  Create a piece of art to be displayed at Kaplan University’s Gallery of Giving on April 8-9.  $5 at Chuck E Cheese will go a long ways! School-Based Matches, have you tried any of these activities together?  Create a piece of art to be displayed at Kaplan University’s Gallery of Giving on April 8-9.  Design a comic book with your Little as the hero.  Decorate a white t-shirt with fabric paint.

DEAR MATCH COACH: BRINGING A FRIEND TO LUNCH? QUESTION: What should I do if my Little asks to bring a friend to lunch?

Allowing your Little to bring a friend may be helping to create more social interactions with their peers.

Volunteer, As match coaches, we hear this issue come up quite often. There are many Littles in our program who want their friends to tag along, because let’s be honest, having a School-Based Big is pretty awesome and they want to share you with all of their friends. At BBBS, we ask that the time spent with your Little be one-to-one. We understand it isn’t always easy to say “no” to your Little when he or she is asking to bring a friend.

However, for those Littles who have no issues making friends, or being social with others, allowing them to bring friends may take away from the one-toone relationship you are trying to create with your Little. If your Little insists, maybe set a special day every couple months that he or she may bring a friend to join you both for lunch. Just remember, this is not what our program is meant for, we strive to create strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships.

You can start by explaining to your mentee that you really would like to spend lunch, just the two of you. If your Little joined the BBBS program seeking more self confidence in peer interactions, don’t axe this idea completely. Talk with them about how every once and awhile bringing a friend would be okay.

As always, please do not hesitate to talk with your match coach about this issue. As match coaches we are happy to talk with your Little about this situation. You don’t have to feel uncomfortable addressing it on your own. We are here to help and support your match in any way we can.


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IT’S SURVEY TIME!

GRADUATES!

By Kim Aboyure

DAVENPORT IOWA

Congratulations to all the Littles who completed the BBBS Job Readiness program. All of the Littles who participated have worked diligently on getting ready for a summer job! We are proud of you! BBBS is thrilled with the response we have received for our 1st Job Readiness program. We look forward to making this part of the Middle and High School Mentoring experience. Thank you to Junior Achievement for allowing us to use the Success Skills workshop as part of the program. Thanks also to the Davenport Rotary Club for sponsoring our first Job Readiness class! A special “thank you” to Bonnie Sparks-Gray who worked tirelessly on the program and was an amazing facilitator!

2014 Job Readiness Graduating Class Davon Cole David Dickenson Rachel Dennhardt Antario McGee Diamond McGowan Isaiah Jack DaShae Parker Jonathan Rubingh Justin Rubingh Alex Fox Anthony McGee Jr. Clever Kenese

Jevin Williams Rudolfo Rua-Rodriguez Nicole Sullivan Katy Snodgrass Hannah James Alex Laster Sallu Kargbo Camry Tellis Anthony McNeal Pharris Rogers Brandin Jones David Harmeyer

The end of the school year is coming quickly. This is the time of year that many matches complete annual surveys – especially in our School-Based program. The end of the school year is an important time for us because we take this time to determine the impact our program has had on the students we serve. We do this by having our volunteers, schools, and students participate in surveys. The completion of the surveys is vital to the continued success of our mission. We gather the data for several reasons. First, the data provides important feedback for us regarding the overall quality and impact of student success. Further, the federal, state and local grants that we apply for ask for impact statistics. For example, from last year’s results, we were able to determine that for those participating in our program, 65% of children had shown an improvement in their grades, 61% showed an improvement in their self-confidence, and 52% had improved in their attitude towards school. How can you help? Please return calls and/or emails from your Match Coach promptly. If you receive a survey electronically, please complete that ASAP and return it to your Match Coach. Thank you for your cooperation. Our volunteers are the key to our high quality matches!

VISION CARE SERVICES FOR YOUR LITTLE BBBS has partnered with VSP Vision Care to offer vision services for our Littles and family members. A free comprehensive eye exam and glasses are available to any Little or family member who qualifies. Please contact your Match Coach if you know of a need! Income guidelines and other qualifications will apply. 563-323-8006


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RAVE ABOUT YOUR LITTLE! DONAVIN RECEIVES AWARD! Donavin was awarded the very prestigious honor of receiving the Falcon-Kestrel Award at West High School. This award is given to one student out of the whole school. Those who receive the honor are those who come to school and work hard to learn and grow into responsible young adults . These students are the ones who show up to class and turn in assignments on time, are attentive, and try to help others. Donavin’s teacher Mrs. Christensen said, “Donavin has been doing a wonderful job in my class! He is extremely helpful and helps anyone in need. He is very caring and has many funny stories to tell. Donavin has overcome some health issues in the past and always has a positive attitude!” His Big Brother, Jay and everyone here at Big Brothers Big Sisters is so proud of everything Donavin has overcome! We just know he has a bright future ahead of him!

Congratulations Donavin! APRIL

Little’s Name Big’s First Big’s Last

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Little’s Name Big’s First Big’s Last

Years

Caitlin

Crystal

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Tejana

Cecilia

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Sarah

Mary

Hayner

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Marc

John

Schlader

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Matthew

Mary Ann Curran

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Brandon

O'Neal

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Gage

Dolores

Nanninga

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Sofia

Andrea

Olberts

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Tamier

Tom

Gaarder

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Kayla

Leesa

Potthoff

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Anthony

Mark

Thompson

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Kelsey

Mallory

Nelson

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Savannah

Lynda

Van Zuiden

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Josie

Cassidy

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Megan

Julie

Keith

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Taylor

Myra

Very

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Quincy

Patrick

McGee

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Alicia

Chelsea

Guerin

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Victor

Eric

Birely

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Taylor

Jenny

Collins

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Andrew (Drew)

Kevin

Friedenbach

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Niyesha

Kelly

Jameson

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Alexander

John

Hageman

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Sequoia

Megan

Schoff

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Rhiyanna

Yolanda

Hall

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Amarette

Jayme

Karasti

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Jonathan

Kellie

Kohl

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Colbie

Jon

Heyland

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Natalia

Kimberly

Lindquist

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Lizbeth

Brandy

Donaldson

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Deonte

Tom

Keith

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Annabelle

Rose

Strickland

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Jazmyn

Lynn

Toney

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Ali

Aurilee

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Thanks for all you do!

READING PROGRAM! You Can Be a Part of Davenport Reads. It’s easy as A, B, C!

A. Take the pledge. B. Make reading a part of your day. C. Share reading resources with others.

www.DavenportReads.org #DavenportReads


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WHAT’S UP IN WHITESIDE COUNTY April 1 April 2-3 April 4-6 April 5 April 6 April 8 April 11 April 12 April 12

New Sauk Valley Community College Art Gallery SVCC Tunnel of Oppression 12:15pm and 7pm at SVCC’s East Mall Seussical Jr. play at Woodlawn Arts Academy Doggie Egg hunt at Sinnissippi Park 10am Magical Mystery Show at Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium $10/ticket Call 815-622-3248 Rhythm-Quest Rocks Concert at Woodlawn Arts Academy 6pm YMCA’s Egg Hunt in the Pool ages 3-10 Easter Egg Hunt at Rock Fall’s Centennial Park 1:30pm-3pm ages 3-8 Sterling Public Library Used Book Sale 8am-12pm Everything from $.25-$1

April 12

Easter Egg Hunt at Westwood Fitness Center (Rain or Shine) 1:30pm Casino Night at the Saloon 6pm-12am benefit for the Timberlake Playhouse $50 ticket includes buffet, Casino with $1000 in Fun Casino Chips, live entertainment, prizes and raffles. Located in Lena, IL Call 815-244-2035 SVCC Career Exploration Day 9:30am-1pm SVCC Career Fair 3pm-6pm Mentalist Christopher Carter 7-8:30 pm. Comedic mind reading show at SVCC

April 12

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April 17, 2014 Modern Woodmen Park—Sky Deck!

6:30 p.m. networking, then game starts at 7 p.m.! What a great way to get to know other Bigs in our program! We also encourage you to bring a friend or co-worker to see if they would be interested in becoming a Big! Admission and Food—FREE! $2.00 beers / $2.00 sodas WATCH FOR YOUR E-VITE or email Jaime: jkeller@bbbs-mv.org Presented by:

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HELLO FROM MACOMB! FINALLY COMING OUT OF WINTER! Many, many other great things happened in Macomb in the last month, but we’re going save those for the next newsletter because we need to celebrate 16 NEW MATCHES! At the beginning of every semester there is an influx of new school-based matches, but we made 10 at Lincoln Elementary! CONGRATULATIONS to:

Little Brother Ethen and Big Sister Vanessa

Little Brother Cameron and Big Sister Claire

Little Brother Damien and Big Sister Carla

Little Brother Daymen and Big Sister Maxine

Little Sister Kateria and Big Sister Kirsten

Little Brother Ryan and Big Sister Lindsey

Little Brother Cyrus and Big Sister Kate

Little Brother Quenton and Big Sister Sarah

Little Sister Nari and Big Sister Ashley

Little Brother Jacob and Big Brother Juan


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SIXTEEN NEW MATCHES IN MACOMB! WAY TO GO! And at Lincoln Elementary we made 2 new Community-Based matches! Both matches are off to a great start, and only good things lie ahead. BBBS is very proud to introduce:

Little Brother Devonte and Big Brother Eric

Little Sister Katelynn and Big Sister Kym

Help a child succeed in life. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister in Macomb! Call Pete today 309-837-5437

Huge news! We have made the first ever matches at Bushnell Prairie City Elementary! 4 great kids and 5 excellent volunteers (one match is the first and only couples school-based match) have come together. BIG thanks to the Bushnell Rotary for stepping up to help their community, BIG thanks to principal Jo Ellen Pensinger for recruiting the kids, and WELCOME to these 4 special matches:

Little Sister Veronica and Big Sister Jane

Little Brother Aidan and Big Sister Lois

Little Sister Kacie and Big Sister Pat

Little Brother Devin and Big Sister Kathleen and Big Brother Jack

THINK SPRING MACOMB! GREAT THINGS HAPPENING!


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HEALTHY KIDS: THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING FOR KIDS! Volunteers help keep hospitals, like UnityPoint Health – Trinity, running every day Volunteers build houses through the Habitat for Humanity Here at Trinity, our 500-plus volunteers serve as the backbone to our organization - people we have grown to value and depend on. With 61,539 hours of service, which is equivalent to 30 full time employees, these volunteers provide valuable services to patients, visitors and staff. Through our Caring Canines program, 900 hours of service were provided and 10,602 patient visits were made by volunteers and their pets. Volunteers make baby hats and blankets for newborns and also cancer hats, pillowcases, infusion pillows and lap pads/robes. Over 5,000 hours were spent on over 17 community projects for Trinity. Our volunteers, who work in 54 different areas within the hospital system, help raise needed funds for Trinity projects such as new Cath labs and Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences student scholarships.

By UnityPoint Health—Trinity staff Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of communities. And you, as Big Brothers and Big Sisters, have a tremendous impact on the lives of our children. We thank you for your time and compassion. April 6-13, we recognize all volunteers during the 40th anniversary of the National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people who seek out ways to engage in their community. This week is a time to celebrate people who do extraordinary things through service. We will be celebrating you and thousands of volunteers throughout our community. Getting things done in the Quad Cities These are just some of the ways volunteers make a difference in day-to-day life:

As you can see, volunteers are a huge help to all of us. We may not see them, but we can feel their impact. So we thank you for what you do for the children and families of our community. We appreciate you. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Trinity volunteer or get involved with Caring Canines, visit www.unitypoint.org or call (309) 779-2211.

Volunteers deliver critical services - from serving as volunteer fire fighters in Bettendorf and participating in search and rescues, to delivering meals to seniors or the homeless at King’s Harvest in Davenport Living Lands and Water volunteers help keep our rivers clean to help make them safe for everyone Volunteers, like you, tutor, coach, mentor and support young adults through Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Club The Quad Cities Animal Welfare Center & the Humane Society volunteers walk pets, clean cages and help at adoption centers

Thanks to UnityPoint Health—Trinity for their support of our Healthy Kids program!


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PLANT SALE—PRE-ORDER NOW FOR BEST SELECTION! SPONSORED BY:

MAY 3-11 Northwest Bank & Trust Tower and MAY 3-4 Ruhl&Ruhl Middle Road (hanging baskets only)

VOLUNTEERS

NEEDED FOR

PLANT SALE! Unloading, sorting, driving, customer assistance.

May 2—11TH 2 to 4 hour shifts. Many day options. BRING YOUR LITTLE OR FRIENDS! Email Kayla: kkiesey@bbbs-mv.org

Mark your calendars!

May 3—11 for the 2014

Gift certificates available in any denomination over $5.00. Great for thank you gifts, birthdays, anniversaries, teacher gifts or Mother’s Day! Email Amy: abarth@bbbs-mv.org or include on your order form.

Guarantee your selection and quantities by placing your pre-order by April 21, 2014

Plant Sale!

Anyone who places a pre-order by April 21, will be put into a drawing to win a $500 gift certificate from Free Delivery for any order $150+! Ask about group orders to your place of work!

Pre-order by going to www.bbbs-mv.org and click on Plant Sale or call Kayla and ask for form 563-323-8006


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MONEY WISE KIDS: WHAT IS CREDIT? credit card is lost or stolen, you just need to report it to the credit card company and they will stop accepting it. Credit cards can also be used as a tool for people who want to build good "credit". If you ever want to get a loan from a bank they will look at your credit score. Higher credit scores are better. Using a credit card responsibly can increase your credit score. Credit cards come in handy if you have any unexpected expenses. Be careful! While credit cards have many positive features, they can get you into financial trouble. It’s very easy to just whip out your credit card and pay for something you want now instead of waiting till you have enough cash. If you don’t pay off your balance each month you will get a finance charge added to your balance. The longer you carry a balance on your credit card, the more finance charges you’ll acquire. Getting out of credit card debt can be very difficult because of the finance charges. Plus, the longer It takes you to pay, the more you are ultimately paying for that item. By IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union staff Choose wisely! Credit cards provide a way for you to take out a short-term loan. Each There are many different credit card options for you. Do research to see time you use your card, your credit card provider is paying the money up which one is the best fit for your needs. When choosing a credit card front with the expectation that you will repay it on a monthly basis. look at their APR, interest rate, annual fees (if any) and general fees such as late fee, cash advance fee, etc. Keep in mind that some credit cards You can avoid spending more money than you have by paying your are specifically for a certain store. balance in full at the end of each month. If you don’t pay the full balance at the end of a month, your credit card company will charge interest on Getting a credit card isn’t something you should take lightly. When you your loan. You’ll still have to pay the amount due plus the added interest make the decision to get one you need to understand the risk and next month. rewards that come with it. Why you should carry a credit card. Many people like credit cards because it's safer than carrying around a lot of cash. If someone steals your cash (or you lose it), it's gone. If your

Thanks to IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union for their support of our Money-Wise Kids program!


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GET TO KNOW BBBS STAFF: JAIME KELLER Name: Jaime Keller Position: Match Support Enhancement Coordinator How long have you been working for BBBS? 5 years What is your favorite memory during the time you have been with BBBS? I have made so many fun memories hanging out with the matches at our monthly match activities. Some of my favorites have been the haunted hayride, playing flag football in a Wilma Flinstone costume, the slightly embarrassing pants-tearing incident while sledding, defending my title as reigning jousting champion at Michael’s Fun World, and witnessing the best dodge ball dodge that I’ve ever seen! What do you like to do when you are not working? My daughter and I are looking forward to some warm weather so we can spend our free time at the pool and going on bike rides, a few of our favorite things to do! I also enjoy reading, being active, going to concerts, and staying involved in my church. Oh, and I have a love/hate relationship with Zumba! What advice would you give a child who is in our program? Get involved! Join clubs, play sports, try out instruments, etc. You might just love it, and you will learn new things and meet great people in the process!

GALLERY OF GIVING - DISPLAY ARTWORK Big Brothers Big Sisters will be participating in The Gallery of Giving event, hosted by Kaplan University on April 8th and 9th. We will be given a display table to promote our organization as well as gallery space along the wall to display our works of art. We’ve been designated a large amount of space for artwork, so we need your help to fill it! Please consider working on a painting/drawing/sculpture/etc. with your Little during your next lunch time or activity together. Don’t worry about skill level; just let your creativity flow and have a good time with it! Please let us know if you’re interested in participating by emailing Jaime by April 4th at: jkeller@bbbs-mv.org.

SAVE THE DATE!

Big Impact Event!

Honoring our volunteers and educating the community about youth mentoring.

BBBS Mentor Center— Sports Broadcasting Theme WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25TH 5-8 p.m.

Rogalski Center St. Ambrose University Davenport, IA

For supporting the 2014 BBBS Plant Sale!

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100 DAYS/100 BIGS: VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN Right now there are 150 children waiting to be matched in our program with an adult volunteer.

BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS WE NEED YOUR HELP According to the National BBBS, the best way to recruit new adult volunteers is by word of mouth through our current volunteers. So, we are asking for your help. We are looking for approximately 75 of our current Bigs to encourage two or three of their friends or co-workers to find out more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister. If we can accomplish this, we should be able to find 150 volunteers and get those children “matched” and off the waiting list. No child should have to wait for a mentor—don’t you agree? If you would like to be part of our “100 Days / 100 Bigs” Team effort and become eligible to win a $250 shopping trip for your Little or their family, please contact Sarah Walker by calling 563-323-8006 or email her at swalker@bbbs-mv.org. Thank you.


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR — APRIL 2014 SUNDAY

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GIVING GALLERY KAPLAN UNIVERSITY

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Magical Mystery Show

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Circa 21—Tales of Fourth Grade

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SKATING MATCH ACTIVITY

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BIGS’ NIGHT OUT MODERN WOODMEN PARK

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Easter Egg Hunt— Village East Davenport Kidz Days—RME Astronomy Day –Moline

26 Community Drum Circle HEALTHY KIDS DAY in Aledo Davenport Jr. Theatre

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OUT AND ABOUT IN THE QUAD CITIES! APRIL Monday, April 7- Enjoy the “Magical Mystery Show” featuring the magic and illusions of Garry and Mihaela Carson. Show starts at 7 pm, and doors open at 6:30 at Central High School, Kahler Auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, with 100% of tickets sales supporting Lydia Home/Safe Families. Call 563-322-0382 for more information or to reserve a FREE ticket for your Little with purchase of an adult ticket. Thursday, April 10- Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse will present Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, beginning Thursday, April 10 and running through Saturday, May 10. Based on the Judy Blume book, this is recommended for all ages! Performances are show-only and tickets are $8.50 per person. Visit www.circa21.com to learn more. Saturday, April 12- Easter Egg Hunt at Sherrard Park. For time and other information, call the Sherrard Public Library at 563-593-2171. Saturday, April 19- Easter Egg Hunt in the Village of East Davenport, starts at 10:15. Call 563-328-7275 for details. Saturday, April 19- Kidz Days at River Music Experience is on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:30 am. Kidz Days at the RME presents a

different program each month specially designed for kids under the age of 12. Call 563-326-1333 for more information. Saturday, April 19- Astronomy Day at the Moline Public Library from 2-5pm. Included will be displays featuring items on loan from NASA, demonstrations, speakers and crafts. Safely view the sun with special telescopes! Door prizes and refreshments available. All free! Call 309-797-3120 for more information. Saturday, April 26- Join the Community Drum Circle at River Music Experience on the last Saturday of each month from 10:30-11:30 am. Hosted by well-known area drummer Terry Hanson and other area percussionists, Community Drum Circle features improvised drumming and rhythms open to all ages. Call 563-326-1333 to learn more. Saturday, April 26- Aledo YMCA Healthy Kid’s Day and Children’s Carnival. To learn more, call the Aledo YMCA at 309-582-5101 Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27- Davenport Jr. Theatre presents Pinnochio at the Nighswander Theatre on Annie Wittenmyer Complex. For ticket information, call 563-326-7862.

THE ULTIMATE TEACHING STORE! Teacher’s Aide is a local educational store that specializes in materials for infants through 8th and 9th grades. Teacher’s Aide believes in strong schools and strong parents. Ask about the Teacher’s Aide VIP program where we will call you and let you know about 20% off weekends! STORE HOURS: M-TH 10 a.m.—6 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.—5 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.—6 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.—4 p.m.

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