It's the Fall 2023 semester and we are heading out to schools with our awesome program with Nothing Bundt Cakes and Scooter's Coffee to honor and reward our awesome Quad Cities teachers and educators. It's called QC Teacher of the Week and we are so excited to announce this week's teacher of the week!
Congrats go to Michelle O'Brien, the art & photography teacher at Davenport North High School!
A student of Ms. O'Brien, Stephen Schroeder, nominated her. This is what Stephen had to say about his teacher:
I nominate Michelle O'Brien at Davenport North high school (9-12). She teaches photography & art is the best PAWS teacher in the school . Reasons why she is the best teacher is that she understands that life sometimes gets hard and works with you to succeed in school! She is very informative with stuff going on around the school and in the QC. She puts a smile on so many faces even if they are not in her classes. She tries to help you understand what life is outside of school. She makes her classroom and her students feel like they can come and sit and talk if needed. It's a safe spot! She is also a great mother to her own kids! Great grandmother to her grandchildren! I can keep talking about how wonderful she is as a teacher and as a friend but everyone has other things to do than read sometimes.
P.S. 2015-2019 PAWS class is the BEST PAWS class
Ms. O'Brien sounds like a great teacher. Awesome job, Ms. O'Brien!
For being our QC Teacher of the Week, Ms. O'Brien has been rewarded with a B100 Prize Pack including stickers, koozies, and more, plus an awesome cake from Nothing Bundt Cakesand a cup and gift card from Scooter's Coffee!
Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Ms. O'Brien!
To nominate your favorite teacher for QC Teacher of the Week, click the button below:
Congrats to all of our Fall 2023 semester QC Teachers of the Week!
100 Interesting Facts About The Quad Cities You May Or May Not Know
The Quad Cities is filled with a very rich history. From inventions to crossing the Mississippi River, to American Presidents and Walt Disney, there are many facts about the Quad Cities that many people do not know. While there are many more stories and facts to share about the Quad Cities, you'll find in these 100 facts that all roads, somehow, lead back to the Quad Cities.
Iowa's Island City
There is something unique about every town, but there is really something special about Sabula, IA. Known as "Iowa's Island City," Sabula is the only town in the state of Iowa that is entirely on an island. While not a lot of people have been to, or live in Sabula, it is a quaint little town nestled right on the Mississippi River.
Before we show you around "Iowa's Island City," let me give you the history of Sabula. Sabula was established in 1835, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis. Isaac Dorman and a man named Hinkley crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on what is now Sabula. An Ohio couple, James and Margaret Woods would settle on Sabula about a year later in April of 1836. Their son, Dr. E. A. Woods would purchase Hinkley's interest in the claim. Charles Swan and W. H. Brown would soon purchase Dorman's interest. The three men, Woods, Swan and Brown later had the land plotted in 1837.
According to Island City Harbor's website, Sabula went through a few names before landing on the official town name. In 1837, Sabula was first called Carrollport. Residents of the town didn't like the name because there was a man's name who was Carroll who had a bad reputation. The town changed its name to Charleston, after early settler Charles Swan. The only issue was that there was already a town called Charleston in Iowa which caused much confusion.
Sabula did not actually become an island until 1939. According to Wikipedia, in the 1930's, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed the lock and dam system. In 1939, Lock and Dam No. 13 between Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL was built which caused the bottomlands west of the town permanently flooded. With the Mississippi River east of the town, this created the "Island City." A levee was built around Sabula in 1957 for protection, according to Island City Harbor's website. This also allowed for the south sand pit to be turned into a boat harbor.
I would like to thank my mom Beth, her fiancé Matt, my brother Nolan and my wife Ellie for accompanying me to Sabula. We always have a blast on our trips and this one was no exception.
It's now time to introduce you to Sabula, Iowa, Iowa's Island City.