"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: www.goldenappleofrockford.com.

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.

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Golden Apple Foundation volunteers will be delivering 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 accredited schools in Winnebago and Boone Counties on Thursday, September 19, 2013. 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. To get involved, register and select your school delivery site(s) by visiting applefortheteacherday.eventbrite.com or by calling (815) 226-4180.

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Please join us for a wonderful day of golf and fellowship at Rockford Country Club, June 24th. Together, we will celebrate the pursuit of excellence both on the golf course and in the classroom as we raise important funds for the Golden Apple Foundation. We hope you will enjoy the golf - and the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference in the lives of our area students.

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April 22, 2013, Rockford, IL--Golden Apple Foundation will be celebrating excellence in education at the 17th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on Friday, April 26, 2013. Former and current students and their parents are encouraged to attend the “red carpet arrival” at 5:30 p.m. at the beautiful Radisson Hotel, 200 S. Bell School Rd.

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(Rockford)--We believe that strong leadership in a school promotes excellent teaching.  Outstanding principals inspire outstanding teachers and create a positive learning environment essential to the culture of every successful school.  This year Golden Apple Foundation is pleased to recognize Don Rundall of Jefferson High School with the Eighth Annual Puri Family Outstanding Principal Award.

ROCKFORD, IL-March 22, 2013--The Golden Apple Foundation Education Service Award goes to an individual or organization who exhibits a deep commitment to excellence in education in Winnebago and/or Boone County and has shared their resources, time, and expertise in a manner that has had significant impact on education in our community. This year we are pleased to award this honor to Alignment Rockford.

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The community nominated hundreds of teachers from public and non-public schools in Winnebago and Boone Counties and participated in 320 observations of the 20 Finalists for the Golden Apple. Today that process culminated with surprise classroom presentations of five Golden Apple Teacher Awards to the following educators: