Collins STEM GRANT recipients with Kristin Smith 

Golden Apple Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of educators who received a total of more than $23,000 for classroom, school and community projects. The 25 teachers were recognized Dec. 13, 2021, at Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford by sponsors Collins Aerospace, Rasmussen University, Meg & Rob Hodge and Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford. The 23 projects selected focused on the effects of trauma; the environment; communication; STEM skills; critical thinking; comprehension; student engagement; literacy and parental involvement. All projects feature creative ways to encourage student achievement.Golden Apple Foundation opened the application process to enhance the learning of PreK – 12th grade students throughout Winnebago and Boone counties for projects that would go unfunded by school budgets. Since its inception, Golden Apple Foundation has provided funding to 285 educators for 260 projects totaling more than $206,500.The complete list of the grants funded this year is here. 

Photo: Kristen Smith of Collins Aerospace presents STEM grant checks totalling $10,000 to James Hotchkiss, Rohini Gupta, Chris Noble, Dan Hallstrom and Lori Granite.