Welcome To Golden Apple Foundation

We are a volunteer-driven organization that inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence in our community. Since 1997, the Golden Apple Foundation has grown from honoring teachers in one school district to honoring teachers, principals and volunteers in more than 150 schools, both public and non-public, in Winnebago and Boone counties.

The Foundation operates entirely on the generous financial support of community businesses and individuals, as well as the more than 400 volunteers who donate their time and energy to make our programs successful.

Our Programs

The Golden Apple Foundation continues its mission of educational excellence
in our community through our four core programs.

Upcoming Dates

Jan. 16-Feb. 14, 2024

Classroom Observations of our 20 teacher finalists! Want to be part of the selection process, too? Call us at 779-210-2991 or email info@goldenappleofrockford.com.

Noon - 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4

Sunday Funday: Join us for a Boutique Pop-Up at MeshWorks Rockford, 4751 Harrison Ave., Rockford, where we’ll be selling our Rockford City Tins for your Valentine’s Dating and Gifting options!

March 4, 2024

Deadline to submit nomination for Outstanding Principal award!

March 13, 2024

Deadline to submit nomination for the Jan Jones Service Award!


Get Involved

We need volunteers to continue our mission! Learn more about our committees and the many ways you can help, including fund development, special events, grants and more!

Teacher Academy

Through the Golden Apple Teacher Academy where Golden Apple teachers mentor and share their knowledge with other teachers through our professional development programs.



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