Deadline looming for teachers to earn money for their classroom


ROCKFORD, Ill (WTVO) – Teachers in Winnebago and Boone counties can win awards up to $2,500 to be used for their classrooms, but the deadline to apply is just around he corner.

The grants are courtesy of the Golden Apple Foundation. Teachers PreK – 12th can apply for a Classroom Project Grant. Awards range from $100 – $2,500. The most innovative projects that enhance the classroom experience, but are typically not funded in the regular school project are eligible.

Since 1998, the Golden Apple Foundation has contributed $130,000 to teachers through the Classroom Project Grant. Recent school projects that have benefited from the program include:

  • Hands On Learning with 3D Printing – The purchase of several small 3D printers for the industrial technology classes filled a void in computer aided design (CAD), computer science and additive manufacturing. Awarded to Chris Noble and Dan Hallstrom of Harlem Middle School.
  • Tech Challenge Robotics program – Starter kit materials for the national FIRST Tech Challenge jumpstarted a robotics program and after school club to further the interest and dedication of students involved. Awarded to David Bye of Keith School.
  • Model U.N. Programming – These students are generally underexposed to high level academic opportunities such as MUN, but participation can lead to opportunities such as scholarships and internships. High interest, real life subject matter boosted the students’ research, public speaking, negotiation and reading comprehension skills. Awarded to Jackie Nagel of Galapagos Charter School.
  • Reading Options for Struggling Readers – Funds were for the purchase of eBooks, audiobooks and high interest print editions of novels for struggling/reluctant readers. Awarded to Aprel Prunty of Roosevelt CEC.

Only certified, full-time classroom teachers can apply. Applications must be received by the Golden Apple Foundation office no later than November 4th at 5pm. The foundation is located at Rockford University’s Scarborough Hall, Room 9.

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