- About Golden Apple
- Golden Apple Award
- Principal Award
- Teacher Academy
- Teacher Tribute Fund
- Classroom Project Grants
- Educational Partnerships
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
— Henry B. Adams
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
— William Butler Yeats
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
— Albert Einstein
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
— Nelson Mandela
"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."
— G.K. Chesterton
I KNOW I CAN - Volunteers read I Know I Can, a children's book about forming goals and figuring out how to achieve them, to 3rd Graders. After the reading, volunteers talk with the children about their strengths and goals while sharing their own college experiences.
APPLE FOR THE TEACHER DAY - Committee members plan and host Apple Day at the beginning of each school year during which fresh golden delicious apples are delivered to teachers in their schools to thank them for another year of commitment to our children. Teacher nomination forms for the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Awards also are delivered on this day, kicking off the nomination process.
GRANTS COMMITTEE - Golden Apple Foundation provides grants to classroom teachers in Winnebago and Boone County for innovative projects that are outside the regular school budget. This committee reviews all grant requests and determine which programs the Foundation will fund.
SELECTION/OBSERVATION COMMITTEE - These individuals read and score the teacher applications for the Golden Apple Award, observe the teaching process in the classroom of the selected semi-finalists and finalists and evaluate the teachers on predetermined criteria.
SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE - Volunteers plan the annual Golden Apple Awards Banquet, which honors 5 Golden Apple Teachers, and grant recipients selected for the year, plus the annual Nominee Reception, which honors all of the nominees for the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Award.
FUND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - Golden Apple Foundation is funded solely by the generosity of community businesses and individuals committed to excellence in education. This committee raises all the funds needed to operate the Golden Apple programs through direct solicitation of donors and annual fundraisers.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE - Members engage the community in discussions and activities that strengthen the education of our children. Examples: Community Engagement forums. Members assist the Foundation in identifying community resources that share a commitment to strengthening education, keeping resource information updated and promoting the use of the clearinghouse.
To express interest in volunteering for Golden Apple Foundation please call (815) 226-4180 or fill out the form to the right of this page.