Highland Park Community Foundation Golden Apple Award

The Highland Park Community Foundation recognizes excellence in teaching through The Highland Park Community Foundation 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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In 2018, the Highland Park Community Foundation initiated this award to recognize a Highland Park High School senior for significant personal achievement.

The award honors a student who demonstrates perseverance toward personal goals when faced with obstacles or other challenges, acknowledging the student’s growth during high school as opposed to the attainment of a specific level of achievement or status. Among other things, the award recognizes a student who

  • demonstrates a genuine commitment to persevere despite obstacles or a disability
  • sets personal goals and challenges him/herself to achieve them
  • thrives in the school environment 
  • works hard and is a positive influence; and
  • shows appreciation for the help he/she receives

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