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Golden Apple Foundation is pleased to announce that 12 local teachers from Boone and Winnebago County were selected to receive nearly $12,000 in grants.  These talented teachers applied for literacy, science and mentoring projects to increase student engagement and learning.

Click here to learn about each individual project and the amount granted.  Golden Apple grants are are available to PreK - 12th grade teachers in Winnebago and Boone Counties and are awarded each year in December. Click here to learn about the grant program.

Since the program's inception, Golden Apple has provided more than $124,000 to classroom teachers to address student learning needs. Projects have included STEM and Robotics programs, literacy-building activities, conserving and cleaning up ground water, international business, leadershill skill building, peer mentoring, fine arts projects, improving student's self esteem and more.

If you are interested in supporting these efforts through a sponsorship or gift, please reach out to Jennifer Stark, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo:  Standing (L-R): Ashley Smith of Nashold Early Childhood Center; Tiffany Aurand and Kristin Schmidt, both of Marquette Elementary; Jeff Powell, GAF board president; Meg Hodge of Andy's Books for Kids (sponsor); Laura Benkovich of Whitman Post Elementary; and Anne Hart of Stephen Mack Middle School.Front (L-R): Meghan Hembrough of Loves Park Elementary; Amy Maier of Whitman Post Elementary; Suzette Muck and Carrie Norder-Pagan, both of Poplar Grove Elementary; and Cindy Maten of Capron Elementary.