It’s teacher appreciation week, and all across the nation teachers have been given shiny red apples as a small token of thanks. However, one teacher in Harvey, IL, was given a golden apple. No, this apple wasn’t laid by a magical goose. It was presented to music teacher Roosevelt Griffin from Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School.
The Southtown Star reports that the Golden Apple Award recognizes great teachers who have helped to build a stronger, better-educated citizenry. Griffin was also the recipient of $3,000 cash, and will be able to take a sabbatical during the Spring Quarter to study at Northwestern University.
The Golden Apple Foundation has given the award to deserving teachers for more than 25 years. Ten teachers are have been selected since the award’s inception in 1986. Those teachers then become a part of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators. The awards are televised on Chicago public television station WTTW11.