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Hand in Hand's People with Purpose Program takes part in CPR training

Bettendorf Fourth of July celebration plans announced

Once again the City of Bettendorf will celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade, music, entertainment, food and fireworks. After having canceled last year's event due to the pandemic, city officials have decided to bring back the festivities.….with a few changes.

This year, all the festivities, including the parade, festival and fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 3.

The parade will be held in downtown Bettendorf beginning at 10 a.m. The festival will begin at noon on Spruce Hills Drive in front of Cumberland Square. Fireworks will begin at dusk at Middle Park.

Residents who wish to participate in the 2021 Independence Parade can register by visiting the city's webpage or pick up a copy of the entry form at Bettendorf City Hall, 1609 State St.

Food vendor applications also can be found on the city's webpage. There will be no craft vendors at this year's festival.

For more information about Fourth of July events, visit the city's webpage at www.bettendorf.org.

City of Bettendorf seeks nominations for the 2021 Fourth of July parade grand marshal

Bettendorf is seeking nominations for the 2021 Fourth of July parade grand marshal.

Nominees must have made significant contributions to the quality of life in the City in the area of civic or social services, humanitarianism or through personal achievements such as athletics or the arts. Nominees must be current or long-time past residents or have brought some distinction to Bettendorf. Nominees also must be willing and available to serve as grand marshal on Saturday, July 3. People previously nominated but not selected may be nominated again.

The name, contact information and a short biography of the person being nominated should be sent to Lauran Haldeman, Bettendorf City Hall, 1609 State St., Bettendorf, Iowa 52722 or emailed to lhaldeman@bettendorf.org.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 30.

Hand in Hand's People with Purpose Program takes part in CPR training

As part of National Volunteer Week, Hand in Hand's People with Purpose program took part in a CPR training offered by Everyday Heroes.

People with Purpose is Hand in Hand's adult dayhab program that lets participants gain social engagement while getting involved with the Quad-Cities community and volunteering at a variety of area charities and organizations. People with Purpose fills the gap left after high school for young adults with disabilities, providing them with opportunities five days a week to be social, have fun, learn new skills, and make a positive impact on the community.

Hand in Hand wanted to do something special for National Volunteer Week and thought getting everyone CPR certified would be a perfect way to give back to the community.

Victoria Winters-Olson, with Everyday Heroes CPR Training, generously donated her time to teach People with Purpose.

To learn more about Hand in Hand's People with Purpose program visit www.handinhandqc.org/people-with-purpose. To learn more about Everyday Heroes visit their Facebook page at Everyday Heroes CPR- QCA.

Local CertaSite Serves team donates supplies to the Clinton Humane Society

CertaSite, a commercial fire protection and life safety company, announced that the charitable giving arm, CertaSite Serves, has collected more than 4,400 animal supplies in a company-wide humane society donation drive.

The supplies were greatly needed as many shelters are at or near capacity and rely heavily on the community to provide the necessary care for the animals.

Locally, animal supplies were gathered by the companies Bettendorf and Fulton branches and donated to the Clinton Humane Society. During the drive the local branches received a generous donation of more than 1,900 items from the Nestlé Purina PetCare pet food production facility located in Clinton.

The donation drive ran from March 10 to April 15 with the original goal of collecting more than 100 total items at each of the 16 CertaSite branch locations, or an overall total of 1,000 items.

This is CertaSite Serves' third community initiative. Last year, the company collected more than 7,500 pounds of food and essential items in response to COVID-19. Over the 2020 holiday season, the company partnered with Toys for Tots and donated more than 1,000 toys to make the holidays a little brighter for kids.

Rep. Mohr votes in favor of $100 million for broadband

On Wednesday, April 21, Representative Gary Mohr (R-Bettendorf) voted to pass the Administration and Regulation budget bill, containing $100 million for broadband expansion.

Iowa House Republicans have made increasing access to high-speed, broadband internet a major priority of the 2021 Legislative Session.

The Iowa House passed the Admin and Reg budget bill 55-37.

Makers Market to be held in May

On Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Bettendorf High School Class of 2022 will host a Makers Market. Parking spot spaces are currently available for purchase for $30 (cash or check). The spots are located in BHS north lot for community members to sell or advertise a product/service. This event is open to the public.

A sample of vendors already signed up includes I licked the spoon, Living Lands and Waters/Bison Bridge, US Army Reserve and Color Street.

For more information or to reserve a space, contact the student council at studentcouncil@bettendorf.k12.ia.us.

Friends of the Bettendorf Parks Foundation to hold For Sale by Owner Event

Friends of the Bettendorf Parks Foundation will present a For Sale By Owner event 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 22 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 23 at Faye's Field, 2850 18th St., Bettendorf.

This event features an opportunity for owners of motorized vehicles such as cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, boats and motor homes (including 5th wheels and other pull behind campers) to sell these vehicles at one community-wide sale. Individuals interested in buying these vehicles will be able to view multiple vehicles at one location. The vehicles will only be displayed on Saturday and Sunday. All transactions are private between the buyer and the seller.

Cost to rent a space is $25 for the first space and $10 per space for each additional space needed.

This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation. Proceeds will be used to provide funding for educational and recreation programs as well as special projects sponsored by the Foundation.

For more information contact the Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department at 563-344-4464.

Senior Golf Cart Tours of Duck Creek Recreation Trail

The Friends of the Bettendorf Park Foundation will host tours of Bettendorf’s recreation trail on Monday, May 24. The event will consist of a tour of Bettendorf’s Duck Creek recreation trail from Palmer Hills Golf Course to Duck Creek Park and back.

Golf carts are provided by Palmer Hills Golf Course. Participants can drive the carts or operators will be provided. Stops will be made at several sites along the way. The tours will be approximately two hours round trip and will depart at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Parking is located at Palmer Hills Golf Course parking lot, 2999 Middle Road. There is no fee and liquid refreshments will be provided.

The tours are limited to no more than 70 people per tour. Reservations are required. Registrations, including online, phone and walk-ins will begin Tuesday, May 4. To register online, go to bettendorf.org/register. Deadline for registration is 4 p.m. Friday, May 21 or until full.

For more information, call Bettendorf Parks and Recreation at 344-4113.

Support the Family Museum

The 2021 Birdies for Charity campaign is underway. Choose the Family Museum as your charity and funds donated will help the Family Museum host top-notch traveling exhibits, provide budget-friendly art classes and dance lessons and give kids the opportunity to play and imagine. Visit https://birdiesforcharity.com/donate.

Bettendorf named Tree City USA

The City of Bettendorf was named a 2020 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Bettendorf achieved this recognition by meeting the program's four requirements a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. This is the 26th consecutive year Bettendorf has been recognized as a Tree City USA.

For more information on the program, visit arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

Library expands hours

The Bettendorf Public Library recently expanded operating hours. The new hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays.

No-contact curbside services will remain available upon request. The library also will continue to offer online programming and digital resources.

For more information, contact the Bettendorf Public Library at 563-344-4175.

Summer job openings

The Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department has announced openings for several different jobs this summer including summer camps or the team at Splash Landing. To view job openings or to apply online, visit www.bettendorf.org/jobs

BCSD 2021-2022 kindergarten registration open

The time to register kindergarten students in the Bettendorf Community School District for the 2021-2022 school year has officially begun. Families living in the district with children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 15, 2021, are invited to fill out the BCSD Kindergarten Registration form available on the district website www.bettendorf.k12.ia.us. Parents who don’t have technology access are welcome to call the neighborhood school office for support.

BCSD kindergarten teachers use the workshop model to present grade-level curriculum. In the workshop model, the teacher presents a mini-lesson to model a learning strategy. Social skills are modeled and practiced during academics and playtime. Teachers provide opportunities for students to build social skills during math and literacy partner games. Students also learn teamwork as they design and build in science and social studies units. Snack, lunch, recess and centers are opportune times for students to interact with peers learning how to work together and compromise.

Before the first day of school, parents or guardians are required to provide:

* Immunizations.

* Physical and Lead Testing Results

* Dental Screening

* Vision Screening

Videos about the BCSD kindergarten program and how to register as well as more information are available on the district website at www.bettendorf.k12.ia.us or bit.ly/Bett-Kindergarten.

Rivermont Collegiate announces tuition reduction

After serious research and discussion with families, outside community members and the board of trustees, Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, has decided to reduce K-12 day student tuition to $12,290. Current tuition runs from $14,730 to $15,990. The hope is that this reduction in tuition will make a Rivermont education possible for more community members. The financial assistance program, helping qualified families beyond the tuition reduction, will continue to be in place.

The tuition reduction will not affect the quality of a Rivermont education. There will continue to be improvement on and expansion of offerings. Next year a dedicated K-5th-grade MakerSpace, a grades 6-12 maker shop, a competitive gaming club, an Academic Success Center, an Academic Coach and more high-interest electives in grades 6-12 will be added.

To learn more about Rivermont Collegiate, including taking part in a Virtual Open House, visit www.rivermontcollegiate.org.

BCSD accepting applications for preschool program

The Bettendorf Community School District is now accepting preschool applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Children who will be four years old on or before Sept. 15, 2021, are eligible to participate.

Funding provided by the State of Iowa in support of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program allows children four years of age to be placed in local preschool programs. Families of preschoolers can receive preschool education at no charge for 10 hours per week with parents paying for the balance of the attendance time. The local preschools participating include Ready Set Grow Preschool, KinderCare Learning Center, Lourdes Preschool, Redeemer Preschool, St. John Vianney Preschool and Skip-A-Long Child Development Services.

Bettendorf Community School District provides preschool classrooms at Grant Wood Elementary School, Mark Twain Elementary School and Neil Armstrong Elementary School. Children that meet economic eligibility criteria are given preference in the BCSD public school preschool classes. For more information or to request an application, call Joyce Meyer at 563-359-3681, email jmeyer@bettendorf.k12.ia.us or download a preschool application form at bettendorf.k12.ia.us/services/student-services/preschool.

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