2017 Golden Apple Awards Posted on April 10, 2017 by SatelliteSix Second row, from left: Mary Uelmen, Dayna Smith, Becky Linderholm, Katie Engel, Mike Peplinski, Jason Wendtland, Renee Morehead, Michelle Olson, Heather Kapanke, Melinda Daubitz. Front row, from left: Tom Dahl, Cheryl Moss, Sarah Binder, Megan McCrackin, Erin Layde, Scott Faris, JoAnn Waldhart Adams, Melinda Wright, Tim McManus, Jeremy Harrison. The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation hosted its second annual Golden Apple Awards banquet on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Wild Ridge & Mill Run Golf Course. The ceremony was emceed by WEAU’s Bob Gallaher, and featured remarks from Jamf founder and ECASD graduate, Zach Halmstad, who spoke fondly of his public schools experience in the district and acknowledged the many educators, his parents included, who had a great impact on his life. Earlier this spring, WEAU partnered with the Foundation to bring cameras to surprise honorees in their buildings with the news of their selection, and Bob and his team compiled the footage to create a touching video for the banquet. The evening celebrated one Golden Apple Award honoree from each of the twenty schools in the Eau Claire Area School District, selected by nomination of their peers. Each honoree will receive a $500 grant to use in their schools/classrooms, and each school will also receive a $500 grant to their Fund For Today, sponsored by generous businesses in the Chippewa Valley. The event is an annual partnership with businesses to celebrate and show appreciation for exceptional faculty and staff in the district. Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School honors Jeremy Harrison, Kindergarten-6th Grade Teacher Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System DeLong Middle School honors Sarah Binder, Special Education Teacher Sponsored by C&M Homebuilders and Real Estate Flynn Elementary School honors JoAnn Waldhart Adams, 3rd Grade Teacher Sponsored by Marshfield Clinic and Security Health Plan Lakeshore Elementary School honors Melinda Wright, Physical Education Teacher Sponsored by Sylvan Learning Locust Lane Elementary School honors Mike Peplinski, 4th Grade Teacher Sponsored by Xcel Energy Longfellow Elementary School honors Tom Dahl, Physical Education Teacher Sponsored by Kristo Orthodontic Specialists Manz Elementary School honors Becky Linderholm, English Learning Teacher Sponsored by Indianhead Foodservice Distributor Meadowview Elementary School honors Katie Engel, School Psychologist Sponsored by UWEC College of Education and Human Sciences Memorial High School honors Erin Layde, Biology and Life Science Teacher Sponsored by McDonald’s Courtesy Corporation McKinley Charter School honors Megan McCrackin, Competency Component Teacher Sponsored by Student Transit North High School honors Renee Morehead, Family/Consumer Education Teacher Sponsored by Royal Credit Union Northstar Middle School honors Michelle Olson, 6th Grade and English Learning Teacher Sponsored by Wipfli Northwoods Elementary School honors Cheryl Moss, Special Education Assistant Sponsored by McDonough Manufacturing Co. Prairie Ridge Early Learning Center honors Melinda Daubitz, Headstart Assistant Sponsored by Royal Construction Putnam Heights Elementary School honors Dayna Smith, School Secretary Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency Robbins Elementary School honors Heather Kapanke, Guidance Counselor Sponsored by Ken Vance Motors Roosevelt Elementary School honors Jason Wendtland, 4th Grade Teacher Sponsored by Charter Bank Sam Davey Elementary School honors Mary Uelmen, Special Education Assistant Sponsored by Marine Credit Union Sherman Elementary School honors Tim McManus, 2nd Grade Teacher Sponsored by Market & Johnson South Middle School honors Scott Faris, Science Teacher Sponsored by Northwestern Bank Many thanks to Bob Gallaher and WEAU for their dedication, time, coverage and service to this great cause; to Sacred Heart Hospital for their gift of design and print services; to Festival Foods for their gift of wine for the banquet dinner; and to Eau Claire Area School District for their loyal support of the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, and their support of the district faculty and staff! Save the date for the 2018 Golden Apple Awards: Thursday, April 5, 2018. For more information about the Golden Apple Awards or to make a gift to the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, contact Executive Director, Sarah French at email@example.com or (715) 852-3015. You can also explore the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation website.