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For the past ten years, Flickinger Learning Center (FLC) has worked tirelessly to further their mission to, “provide educational opportunities for learners of all ages, races, beliefs and abilities for stronger individuals and a healthier community.” Through a number of successful after-school programs, FLC has improved the lives and futures of many Muscatine students. Now, the community has the chance to give back to this organization that gives so much by participating in their annual trivia night fundraiser.
Danni Zumwalt, Executive Director of FLC shared that FLC has after school programs that take place at four different sites (their main location at 413 Mulberry Avenue, McKinley Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, and Sunset Park Apartments) which combined provide homework help, tutoring, social-emotional learning, and nutritious snacks to 100 students. To help kids develop critical math and reading skills, program participants utilize Renaissance Accelerated Reader (AR) testing at both the main and Sunset Park sites, and Sumdog math practice and testing at all locations. These programs also allow FLC to monitor the progress of its students, and to share it with Muscatine Community School District to help their teachers individually tailor their instruction for those students even farther. Most importantly, FLC offers all its programming for free, ensuring all interested students have the opportunity to participate.
In order to fully fund their programs, FLC hosts a trivia night each winter. “Our trivia nights are fantastic. We pack the house every time!” says Zumwalt. Held at the Rendezvous Banquet Hall at 3127 Lucas Street, Muscatine, doors open at 5:30 pm on Saturday, February 16th, and usher in a fast-paced evening of trivia fun. Teams of six to eight players go head to head with each other to see who can correctly answer the most trivia questions.
In between rounds, participants can enter drawings for fun prizes and gift certificates. Along with the trivia, everyone present can bid for auction items. Throughout the evening, hungry trivia players can purchase baked goods and drinks of all sorts from the Rendezvous’ well stocked cash bar. Teams may also bring their own food, but Zumwalt asks participants not to bring in outside drinks.
The importance of bringing the community together to support a good cause shines through and unites everyone who attends this event. “I like seeing our community come together . . . [FLC] really [relies] on the community to spread the word about [us,” said Zumwalt. Through ticket sales (which cost $10 each), food sales, and the auction, last year’s trivia night brought in $6,000 for FLC. Zumwalt hopes to match, if not beat this sum of money this year, as it provides FLC’s largest income source for the year. Additionally, the trivia night helps spread awareness about what FLC does and helps bring in more volunteers.

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