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 recognized schools in Winnebago and Boone Counties on Thursday, September 18, 2014. 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 or by calling (815) 226-4180.

Nominations for the Golden Apple Teacher Awards will be accepted beginning September 18, 2014 until October 20, 2014. This year Golden Apple Foundation will award teachers of grades 6th through 12th. To be eligible the nominee must be a teacher who teaches a group of students in a classroom on a regular basis and who is that group of students’ primary teacher. Nomination forms can be obtained at area schools beginning on Sept. 18th and at the various community sites to be announced in the coming weeks. Nominations can be submitted online at or paper nominations can be submitted to Golden Apple Foundation’s office at 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108.

(Formularios de nominación en español pueden ser obtenidas en nuestra oficina localizada en 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108; en La Voz Latina localizada en 730 N. Church St.
Rockford; o en las escuelas bilingües.) Nominations in languages other than English and Spanish will also be accepted.

PreK through 5th grade teachers are eligible for a Golden Apple Classroom Grant. Grant applications are due by 5:00 on Thursday, October 2nd. Click for grant information.

Volunteers are needed to serve on the selection and observation committees which are tasked with providing an unbiased review of all teacher portfolios and classroom observations. Volunteers cannot be employed by any school or district eligible for the award. Volunteers can register online at, by phone, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..