Golden Apple Foundation has renamed its education service award in honor of the late Jan Jones who served the Foundation since 1998. Jan joined the Board of Directors in 2006 and served as the Vice President of Awards and Recognition. Jan was a tireless advocate for excellence in local education. She led a successful career in education where her numerous accomplishments resulted in tangible progress for our community’s children. She was a mentor to many educators and community activists. When something needed to be done, Jan Jones did not wait in hope for someone else to do it; she lived the realization that she was that someone while inspiring others to do the same.

UPDATE: Classes have been cancelled for Tuesday, January 7th. All readings for that day will be rescheduled.

Golden Apple Foundation with the help of the Dorothy J Swanson Foundation, Andy’s Books for Kids, and additional support by Try Beta Club Inc. will again be sponsoring “I Know I Can”- a college aspiration program for 3rd grade children. Since 2007, Golden Apple Foundation has been serving third graders in the Rockford Public Schools. New this year, thanks to the generosity of the Dorothy J Swanson Foundation, “I Know I Can” will engage third graders in the Belvidere and North Boone school districts as well.

Golden Apple Foundation is pleased to announce the names of 20 Teachers from Winnebago and Boone County who have been selected to move forward in the process for the 2014 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.  These talented PreK-5th grade teachers were chosen by a selection committee of community volunteers who had the difficult task of selecting only 20 teachers from a large group of worthy nominees.

"She's what the League of Super Heroes would call a super-teacher." “"He is a smart, nice guy with good character. When I'm in trouble, he helps me. He says we are very important, which makes me happy.”  These are just some of the comments about the PreK-5th grade teachers, in Winnebago and Boone County, who are nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Award for 2014.  During this past month, parents, students and colleagues of the teachers made over 700 nominations for 420 of their favorite teacher(s) who exemplify excellence in the classroom.  The deadline to nominate teachers was October 21, 2013. To see the full list of nominees at CLICK HERE.

Golden Apple Foundation is partnering with Schnucks to raise important funds to support excellence in local education. During the month of November, Schnucks customers will be able to purchase a golden apple for $1.00. Customers can write their names on the apples that proclaim they support excellence in education and it will be hung on the wall at Schnucks. All proceeds benefit the local programs of Golden Apple Foundation.

mcgeeSixth through 12th grade teachers of Winnebago and Boone Counties are invited to apply for Classroom Project Grants from Golden Apple Foundation.  Grants will be awarded for innovative projects that enhance the classroom experience but are not funded in the regular school budget.  Certified, full-time classroom teachers of grades 6-12 in the Winnebago and Boone County Schools are eligible.  Awards range from $100 to $1500.  Criteria for grant projects and examples of recently funded projects can be found on the Golden Apple website:

September 19, 2013—Golden Apple Foundation volunteers delivered 6,500 golden delicious apples donated by Schnucks, thank you cards, and teacher nomination forms to every classroom teacher and principal in all public and non-public ISBE recognized schools in Winnebago and Boone Counties. This annual event kicks off the nomination period for the Golden Apple Teacher Awards and is a great way for members of the community to express their gratitude and appreciation for our area educators. View the video of the 2012 apple deliveries here:

On Friday, August 30, 2013 the McDonald’s located at 3710 Auburn Street will be celebrating its Grand Opening by supporting excellence in local education through Golden Apple Foundation. For the entire first week of their opening, August 30 through September 6, McDonald’s will donate 20 cents of every Extra Value Meal sold at that location to Golden Apple Foundation. This will benefit the various programs of GAF including our awards programs, Classroom Project Grants, and I Know I Can program.