Golden Apple Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of the following 11 Teachers who received a total of $4,989.29 to fund 6 classroom projects. The teachers were recognized at the Golden Apple Foundation Board of Directors meeting on Monday, December 10, 2012.  

“Increasing Achievement with Autism”- Assists in meeting the communication and social interaction deficits that children on the Autism spectrum are faced with, providing materials, paired with communication tools for carryover of learning from school into the home environment. Sarah Meyers; Fairview Early Childhood Center...$340.80

“Joyful Writing in Kindergarten”- Developing a community of learners who work together through solid, meaning-centered and engaging kindergarten writing that incorporates the Common Core State Standards. Sherril Erickson; Rockton Grade School...$748.49

“Tail Waggin’ Tutors”- Overcoming apprehension at reading by providing a relaxed environment where all threats of being judged are set aside as the child relaxes. Melodie Boyd Cherry Valley Elementary School $400.00

“Improving Competencies in Science & Reading”- Improves student performance in both science and reading by providing support materials that allow students of all reading levels to access grade-level science information and also improves reading level. Susan Busker & Renee Guse; Whitehead Elementary School...$1,250.00

“Exploring & Learning Through Play”- Promoting creative and critical thinking while learning through play, using divergent materials with whole group, small group, and centers. Carrie Smith, Marlena Stechschulte, Ami Andre, Michelle Mershon, and Lauren Keen; Christian Life Schools...$1,250.00

“Be Excited About Reading-BEAR”-  An innovative programs that sets expectations for students to read every night at home. Barb Swick; Meehan Elementary School...$1,000.00  

The projects selected address various crucial learning issues such as improved writing skills, reading comprehension, and early childhood learning.  All projects exhibit a focus on creative ways to encourage achievement in all subjects.    

Golden Apple Foundation opened the application process this fall to PreK-5th grade Teachers throughout Winnebago and Boone County for projects that would enhance their classroom learning but would go unfunded under the regular school budget.  Since its inception, Golden Apple Foundation has provided funding to 211 educators for 170 projects totaling over $100,000.  Recipients will be recognized at the 17th Annual Golden Apple Banquet held on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel.

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