(12/9/13)Golden Apple Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of the following seven educators who received a total of $5,332 to fund 4 classroom projects. The teachers were recognized at the Golden Apple Foundation Board of Directors meeting on Monday, December 9, 2013.

Project Teacher(s) School & Grade Grant Amt

“Roosevelt Reads”-a reading club using creativity aimed at exciting students about reading within an alternative learning environment.

Aprel Prunty

Roosevelt Community Education Center


“Prairie STEM: An Investigation and Analysis of a Prairie Restoration Project's Success”-an interdisciplinary program where students assess the success of a long-term prairie restoration project.

Leslie Johnson, Kip Sandersfeld, Jeff Schaefer, and Gayle Steltenpohl

Immanuel Lutheran School


“High School Peer Mentoring Program”- a program aiming to boost student achievement and the high school graduation rate through junior-to-freshman peer mentoring

Christina Magee

Guilford High School


“Literary Magazine”-Promoting the concept that writing is a continuous process from brainstorming to editing. The polished writing piece would not be possible without the process.

Heidi Willson

Thurgood Marshall School



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The projects selected address various crucial learning issues such as improved reading comprehension, science, conservation, developing strategies to be a successful high school student and creative writing.  All projects exhibit a focus on creative ways to encourage achievement in a variety of subjects. 

Golden Apple Foundation opened the application process this fall to enhance the learning of 6th-12th grade students throughout Winnebago and Boone County for projects that would go unfunded under the regular school budget. Since its inception, Golden Apple Foundation has provided funding to 218 educators for 174 projects totaling over $100,000. Recipients will be recognized at the 18th Annual Golden Apple Banquet held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel.