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


June 14, 2022

The 2022 815 Rising Stars Talent Show will air via a link on our website starting Friday, July 15. View and vote (with as little as a $1 donation to Golden Apple Foundation!) through noon on Saturday, July 23. The winners will be selected that evening.


June 14, 2022

Apple for the Teacher Day is September 15, 2022! Please contact us if interested in volunteering for this great event. Apple Day kicks off the selection process for our 2022-2023 Golden Apple Teacher awards and provides apples and thank you’s to our area teachers.


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.


SAVE THE DATE! Join Golden Apple Foundation for a First Friday Wine Tasting Friday, Sept. 2 at Artale Wine Co.: 24 samples for only $15/person. 100% goes to Golden Apple Foundation to support programming including grants for local teachers in 2022-2023. #goldenappleofrockford

Belvidere Sweep at the @rpdfun tournament today at Mauh-Nah-Tee-See. Carson Rowe placed 1st and Andrew McCormick placed 3rd from @BNHSSports. David Bertolsi placed 2nd from @BHSBUCletics.

"It was quite impressive... With one of our starters on the sidelines on crutches, to be able to do this, it's just incredible," head coach Jim Heathscott said. https://www.rrstar.com/story/sports/2022/06/23/harlem-claims-national-titles-both-boys-and-girls-bowling/7688604001/



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