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The FREE VIRTUAL815 Rising Stars talent show is premiering at 6:30 p.m. on Feb 27 via a link at goldenappleofrockford.com. The community can vote for their favorite performers through donations to Golden Apple Foundation. The top act wins a trophy and $500 in cash.

Viewing of the show and voting for performers begins on February 27 at 6:30 p.m. through Saturday March 6.

The Top 21 Acts:
Natalie Abramat – theatrical singer with pianist Mrs. Andersen
Ben Bathje – magician with his East High School principal assisting
Aria Beert - singer and musician from Rockford Lutheran High School and Rockford Music Academy
Zack Percell - magician from TnZ Magic
Samantha Bonzi - theatrical singer
Chloe Broshous – lyrical dancer
Georgia Buhl, Kayleigh Ratzlaff, Elif Ozkok – Winter Wonderland Cake bakers and Marshall Middle school students
Bronson Campell – singer and guitar player from Auburn High
Sophie Ellis, Grace Hunt, Ella Lakey, Emi Manaligod, Lauren Parada – Rockford Dance Co. dancers; choreographer: Morgan Carlson
Kerigen Hoffman – lyrical dancer from Pecatonica
Clark Kelly - singer and guitar player
Joslynn Labak - lyrical dancer; choreographer Theresa Northrup
Jordan Lindvall – singer and pianist
Audrey Lou - rapper and singer 
Minimal band – Gregg DeCarlo, Leanne Leonard and Zach DeCarlo
Kristina Puzin - 14 year old singer and pianist from Auburn High
Logan Tillmon soulful singer from Rockford
Jennifer Walker & Ivy – dog trainer and chihuahua saved from a dumpster
Jate Worathepnuthas - harmonica player
Aleyna Yaylaci - 11 year old pianist from Marshall Middle School
Max Zubic - one man band and musician from Hononegah High

The 815 Rising Stars show has the support of our local legends during an exciting pre-show beginning at 6:30 p.m. with performances and inspiring messages from Emily BearJodi Beach, Chris Brady, Harlan JeffersonAlonzo Russell and Rockford’s poet laureate Christine Swanberg.

This event was created by a group of Golden Apple teachers and the funds raised will support Golden Apple programming, including teacher grants that provide resources to support teachers' and students' needs during the pandemic. Thank you to our sponsors Wendy’s, Larson & Larson Builders, Ceroni Piping, Atlas Metal Pros, Fitzgerald EquipmentRedd Insurance Group - MeemicWTVO and Fox 39

 

Over 120 videos were submitted to Golden Apple Foundation and after an arduous selection process, the 21 top performances were selected. These individuals and groups will be highlighted in the FREE VIRTUAL 815 Rising Stars talent show premiering at 6:30 p.m. on Feb 27 via a link at goldenappleofrockford.com. The community can vote for their favorite performers through donations to Golden Apple Foundation. The top act wins a trophy and $500 in cash.

Viewing and voting begins on February 27 at 6:30 through Saturday March 6.

The Top 21 Acts:

Natalie Abramat – theatrical singer with pianist Mrs. Andersen
Ben Bathje – magician with his East High School principal assisting
Aria Beert - singer and musician 
Zack Percell - magician from TnZ Magic
Samantha Bonzi - theatrical singer
Chloe Broshous – lyrical dancer
Georgia Buhl, Kayleigh Ratzlaff, Elif Ozkok – RPS District 205 students and bakers
Bronson Campell – singer and guitar player
Sophie Ellis, Grace Hunt, Ella Lakey, Emi Manaligod, Lauren Parada – Rockford Dance Co. contemporty dancers; choreographer: Morgan Carlson
Kerigen Hoffman – lyrical dancer
Clark Kelly - singer and guitar player
Joslynn Labak - lyrical dancer; choreographer Theresa Northrup
Jordan Lindvall – singer and pianist
Audrey Lou - rapper and singer
Minimal band – Gregg DeCarlo, Leanne Leonard and Zach DeCarlo
Kristina Puzin - 14 year old singer and pianist
Logan Tillmon – soulful singer from Rockford
Jennifer Walker & Ivy – dog trainer and chihuahua saved from a dumpster
Jate Worathepnuthas - harmonica player
Aleyna Yaylaci - 11 year old pianist
Max Zubic - one man band and musician

The 815 Rising Stars show has the support of our local legends during an exciting pre-show beginning at 6:30 p.m. with performances and inspiring messages from Emily Bear, Jodi Beach, Chris Brady, Harlan Jefferson, Alonzo Russell and Rockford’s poet laureate Christine Swanberg.

This event was created by a group of Golden Apple teachers and the funds raised will support Golden Apple programming, including teacher grants that provide resources to support teachers' and students' needs during the pandemic. Thank you to our sponsors Wendy’s, Larson & Larson Builders, Ceroni Piping, Atlas Metal Pros, Fitzgerald Equipment, Redd Insurance Group - Meemic, WTVO and Fox 39

Golden Apple Foundation inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence in our community.  

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The announcments are coming SOON! The committee is hard at work pouring over 120 videos and making the arduous decisions needed to select the top performers for the upcoming 815 Rising Stars talent show. Announcements will be made mid-day on Monday and emails will be sent out no later than 11 a.m. to all contestants letting them know if they were selected or not. 

Set your calendars to watch the top acts in the 815 Rising Stars virtual talent show at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 27 at goldenappleofrockford.com. We've put together an exciting pre-show that will begin promptly at 6:30 and includes Rockford Legends, Emily Bear, Jodi Beach, Harlan Jefferson, Chris Brady, Alonzo Russell and Rockford's poet laureate, Christine Swanberg. They include special shout outs to the contestants and community during each performance.  

Anyone can vote for their favorite acts beginning at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 and running through March 6. The individual acts will be available to view and vote for as many times as you like for that entire week. Daily vote tallies will be posted each day by 9 a.m.

This event funds Golden Apple programming, including teacher grants, that provide resources to support teachers' and students' needs during the pandemic. Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Wendy's, with additional sponsorship support from Larson & Larson Builders, Ceroni Piping, Atlas Metal Pros, Fitzgerald Equipment, Redd Insurance Group, and WTVO/Fox 39. Golden Apple Foundation inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence. Reach out to Golden Apple Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with questions.

Golden Apple Foundation and your local Cookies By Design are partnering together to offer cookie kits to make your cookie decorating a breeze! The kits contain 12 cookies and 3 frostings, selling for $25 each, with $10 from each kit benefiting Golden Apple Foundation.

 

Choose from several unique kits:

Option A: 12 hearts with red, pink and white icings.

Option B: 6 snowflakes and 6 snowmen with blue, light blue and white icings.

Option C: 3 castles, 3 dresses, 3 crowns and 3 high heel shoes with pink, purple, and yellow icings.

Option D: 3 cars, 3 dogs, 3 fish and 3 circles with blue, green, and red icings. 

 

All orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Jan. 26 and cookie kits can be picked up curbside Feb. 2-4 at Cookies By Design located at 6415 Riverside Blvd in Rockford. Pick up hours: Feb 2 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Feb 3 & 4: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Click on this link to order and reach out to Golden Apple Foundation with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815-226-4180.

 

 
Golden Apple Foundation is putting out a call to local talent (singers, dancers, comedians, poets etc.) to participate in our VIRTUAL 815 Rising Stars talent show to benefit Golden Apple Foundation!
 
Performers are encouraged to submit a 2-3 minute video to share their talent with the community before the deadline on Feb. 3, 2021. The Top 20 acts will be featured in a one-hour virtual 815 Rising Stars talent show in late February. The community can enjoy the free show and vote for their favorite acts through donations to Golden Apple Foundation. The top act wins a trophy, $500 in cash, and prizes from our
sponsors. 
 
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Go to goldenappleofrockford.com/talent for more information, including the submission form, rules, timeline and tips for filming your video. Reach out to Golden Apple Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions and check out the WTVO public service announcement with Eric Wilson.
 
Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Wendy's, with additional sponsorship support from Larson & Larson Builders, Ceroni Piping, Atlas Metal Pros, Fitzgerald Equipment and Meemic Insurance. Golden Apple Foundation inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence. This event funds Golden Apple programming, including teacher grants, that provide resources to support teachers' and students' needs during the pandemic. 

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No cost to you, but BIG rewards for Golden Apple Foundation. For every virtual drive, $25 is donated to Golden Apple! It takes just 3 easy steps:
 
#1 Click this link to pre-register. You will pick either noon or 4pm to take the virtual drive on Wednesday, Dec. 16! 
 
#2 You will receive an email with the Zoom link for the virtual tour that is approximately 30 minutes long. On Dec. 16, you must stay logged in for 25 minutes for it to count towards donation.
 
#3 After you have watched the Zoom, fill out a post event survey and Golden Apple receives $25!
 
Golden Apple Foundation inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence. The funds raised will support Golden Apple programming, including  teacher grants, that provide resources to support students' and teachers' virtual and in-person needs during the pandemic. 

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Make a secure donation by clicking here on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020, or anytime, to support Golden Apple programming, including direct grants to teachers, for resources to help students' and teachers' during the pandemic. Golden Apple Foundation inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence in Winnebago and Boone counties. 

If you would like to make a donation over the phone, contact Jennifer Stark, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 815-226-4180. Donations can also be mailed to the Golden Apple Foundation office at Golden Apple Foundation, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108. 

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Brighten up the holidays with your own Golden Apple Foundation ornament or purchase one for those special teachers in your life! 100% of the purchase prince directly funds Golden Apple programs including teacher grants that provide resources to support students' and teachers' in-person and virtual needs.

- Gold foil ornament with champagne glitter commemorating Golden Apple Foundation's 25th Anniversary year or with the plain apple design

- Price is $15 each or 2 for $28.* Includes doorstep delivery in a gift bag to anywhere in in Winnebago or Boone county.

- Purchase online at http://goldenappleofrockford.square.site/

*Quantities are limited, deadline to order is Dec. 11 or until sold out. Special thanks to the Teacher Academy for their time and talents and to our sponsor Schmeling Construction for covering the ornament expenses! 

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Golden Apple Foundation partnered with a local company, American Bell, to offer adjustable masks with teacher messages, including one with the Goldne Apple logo. This fundraiser helps to support Golden Apple programming, including teacher grants that provide resources to support students' and teachers' in-person and virtual needs. Masks are $12.50 each with a discount for purchasing three or more. Click HERE to place your order, you can pick up your purchase at American Bell in Roscoe or shipping is available for your convenience. Thanks in advance for your support.

Golden Apple Gratitude Logo

We take great pride in recognizing local teachers through the Golden Apple awards, but we have made the difficult decision to put the process on hold for the health and safety of our teachers, students and volunteers.

Instead we will recognize local teachers this year with our NEW Golden Apple Gratitude program! We encourage students, parents, colleagues and community members to submit a note of gratitude or a 30 second video to thank a PreK - 12th grade teacher! Teachers who are recognized will be sent a thank you note from Golden Apple Foundation, along with the original message of gratitude. Any videos will be emailed to them. Teachers will also be entered into a weekly drawing, with a chance to win one of the two $100 Schnucks gift cards given out each week during the eight week program. Golden Apple Foundation limits one gratitude submission, per week, per household, and all submissions must be received online.  

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Golden Apple Foundation and Rasmussen College teamed up to offer a free virtual workshop for teachers entitled What You Wish You Knew When You First Went Online on Sept. 1. 

 
Veteran online Rasmussen College professors, Steve Honeywell, Adam Samuelson and Allisha Wise shared their lessons learned when they went virtual 6 years ago and their adivce on how to still be the teacher you have always been in this new teaching environment. Teachers of all grade levels will enjoy this session focused on best practices and how to simplify teaching online. Go to YouTube to access the video.
 
Presenters:
Dr. Caroline “Carrie” Gulbrandsen is the Dean of Faculty for Graduate Studies as well as the Academic Dean for the Rockford Campus at Rasmussen College. She has been teaching online for twenty-one years, spanning from grade nine to doctoral courses. Her philosophy about “distance education” is that good teaching is good teaching, regardless of where or how it happens.
 
Steve Honeywell, Assistant Professor Honeywell once worked as a professional video game player, and has written all or part of three dozen books on video games. He has worked as an educator for more than 15 years, and has taught English, Communications, and Critical Thinking at Rasmussen College since 2008.
 
Adam Samuelson, Since 2009, Assistant Professor Samuelson has been working with Rasmussen College to improve teaching innovation, learning outcomes and comprehensive student support. He is one of the leaders in Rasmussen College’s Flex Choice Competency-Based Education (CBE), a modality that helps students balance work and college life.
 
Allisha Wise, Since 2012, Assistant Professor Allisha Wise has been working with Rasmussen College as a mathematics professor. Her modalities began with in-person classes, and gradually moved to strictly online education. She has also worked with Competency Based Education (CBE) as an effective alternative to traditional courses. She has created several on-line courses in both the traditional method and in CBE by working as a subject matter expert. Her teaching philosophy includes creating a welcoming and fun environment which facilitates learning while challenging students to expand their knowledge in mathematics and create a growth-mindset.