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


Aug. 8, 2022

Teacher Night at the Rockford Rivets! Wear your school spirit or teacher tees and join Golden Apple to celebrate teachers. Area teachers will be recognized at the start of the game (6:35 p.m.); there will be games, raffles and more to enjoy. Bring your friends, family and co-workers!


Sept. 2, 2022

First Friday Wine Tastings are back at Artale! Come to Artale from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. $15 per person; 100% benefits Golden Apple to support programs and services such as classroom grants and educator recognition. Sample 24 wines before buying your favorites! Check or cash, please.


Sept. 15, 2022

Apple for the Teacher Day is Sept. 15! Golden Apple board members and volunteers deliver apples and thank you cards to area teachers and kick off the 2022-2023 Golden Apple Teacher selection process. Contact the office if you’d like to volunteer!


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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