Highland Park Golden Apple Awards

The Highland Park Community Foundation recognizes excellence in teaching through The Highland Park Golden Apple Award. In 2010, the Highland Park Community Foundation and a local family foundation initiated an annual Golden Apple Award to recognize outstanding teachers in the Highland Park School systems.

Nominations are made in a rotating cycle: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. A selection committee comprised of exemplary current and retired educators and administrators and former Golden Apple award recipients, evaluate the extensive application and complete a full day of observation. The final recipient of the award is chosen based on instruction, content knowledge, student and staff interaction, and contribution to school and community.

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Jack Blane Community Service Award

The annual Jack Blane Community Service Award, launched in 2014, honors Jack Blane and his exemplary work within the community. A founding member and previous Chairman of HPCF, Mr. Blane’s commitment to serving others extended to all aspects of his life.

Mr. Blane served his country as a Marine. He also served his local community by offering humanitarian services as a Rotarian and by serving as a Councilman for the City of Highland Park.

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