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 Rockford Teachers Receive Classroom Project Grants


DEC. 11, 2012 -- Four Rockford Public Schools teachers are among the educators who will receive classroom project grants from the Golden Apple Foundation this year.

The teachers were recognized at the Golden Apple Foundation Board of Directors meeting on Monday.

RPS 205 recipients, descriptions for their classroom projects and grant amounts are listed below:

Sarah Meyers, Fairview Early Childhood Center
Increasing Achievement with Autism - Assists in meeting the communication and social interaction deficits that children on the Autism spectrum are faced with, providing materials, paired with communication tools for carryover of learning from school into the home environment. ($340.80)

Melodie Boyd, Cherry Valley Elementary School
Tail Waggin’ Tutors - Overcomes apprehension at reading by providing a relaxed environment where all threats of being judged are set aside as the child relaxes. ($400)

Susan Busker and Renee Guse, Whitehead Elementary School
Improving Competencies in Science & Reading - Improves student performance in both science and reading by providing support materials that allow students of all reading levels to access grade-level science information and also improves reading level. ($1,250)

The projects selected address various crucial learning issues such as improved writing skills, reading comprehension, and early childhood learning. All projects exhibit a focus on creative ways to encourage achievement in all subjects.

Golden Apple Foundation opened the application process this fall to early childhood and elementary school teachers in Winnebago and Boone counties for projects that would enhance classroom learning but would go unfunded under the regular school budget.

Eleven teachers were awarded a total of nearly $5,000 to cover costs for six projects.

Since its inception, the Golden Apple Foundation has provided funding to 211 educators for 170 projects totaling over $100,000.

Recipients will be recognized at the 17th Annual Golden Apple Banquet held on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel.
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