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    A vote to determine school closures in Davenport is nearing, though the portion impacting Walcott is now off-the-table. The district's long-range facility plan will go to the board for final discussion this Monday, Dec. 5 at the district's committee of the whole meeting, preceded by a special call open forum from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. The board will vote on the proposed K-5, 6-8 grade configuration pathway on Monday, Dec. 12—a decision that will confirm the closure of Washington, Buchanan and Monroe Elementary Schools effective fall 2023. 

      Moline Breakfast Optimist Club members distributed 70 brand-new winter coats, hats and mittens and 65 pairs of shoes to preschoolers on Wednesday for its annual "Shoes and Clothes that Fit" project. The Optimists have collaborated with Jefferson Early Learning Center for the project for over seventeen years, working with the school to identify students in need of shoes or winter clothes.

      Western Illinois University physics and mathematics alumnus Dr. Michael Baxa will deliver a lecture titled "The Importance of Protein Dynamics: From Folding to Function and Everything in Between" at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 in room 212 of the Quad-City campus's Riverfront Hall. Baxa works as a staff scientist at the University of Chicago's biochemistry and molecular biology department. 

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      Davenport schools made a change in its venue for the Class of 2023 graduation ceremonies—the decision also prompting date changes for the district's respective high schools. Class of 2023 ceremonies will now take place at the Vibrant Arena at the Mark, the exception being Mid City High School, whose ceremony will be held at the Central Performing Arts Center. 

      Ridgewood Elementary School in Rock Island will host its annual Vendor Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 19. The school's student council holds the fair each year to raise money for Toys for Tots and QC Paws.

      A new local car show - Hot Roddin' for Scholars - recently raised and donated $4,000 to the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Foundation, creating a new scholarship for students with financial needs. The new annual scholarship will be awarded for the first time in Fall 2023 and will benefit several students each year. 

      Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Student Services is hosting a virtual Turkey Trot 5K Run through this Saturday, Nov. 19. Those interested in participating can use the app of their choice to record their distance and times. Participants can then screenshot their run and email it to graduate assistant Blake Haas at bc-haas@wiu.edu.

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