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Celebrating Our Educators: The Heartbeat of Our Community

This year, the 31st Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers television special honored all educators across Collier County for the extraordinary work they have done in ever-changing circumstances to keep our students moving forward. The program, presented by Suncoast Credit Union and broadcast on NBC-2 on Sunday, April 25th, 2021 and is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cSqCPmMW0g.

To continue the celebration, and with the generous support of our sponsors, funding of $2,000 has been provided to 58 Collier County schools to help each school community celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3 – 7). Each of the schools have been so creative in how they will be using the funding this week—from food truck lunches to special decorations to flower arrangements—this is another amazing opportunity to thank our educators for an extraordinary year.

On Tuesday, May 4th, the entire community is encouraged to show their gratitude for our schools and educators. Champions For Learning has also organized a list of teacher appreciation ideas which can be found at https://championsforlearning.org/appreciation.

Each school will be visited by Champions For Learning volunteers and sponsors on May 4th to thank our educators and deliver a token of appreciation from the community. Champions For Learning has also partnered with CCPS Nutrition Services to provide an apple for every student and teacher at each of the 58 schools on Tuesday, May 4th. Apples will be on the lunch menu for students, and bushel baskets of apples will be available for teachers.

The Golden Apple program is presented by Suncoast Credit Union and supported by major sponsors Conditioned Air, Mary Ingram Fund of the Columbus Foundation, Moorings Park, Naples Daily News, Naples Illustrated, NBC-2 Waterman Broadcasting, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and Stock Development. Attached please find the complete list of Golden Apple sponsors that have made this funding possible for our schools.