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Rochester Community Schools Foundation

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Why: The Rochester Community Schools Foundation recognizes that the most valuable resource of the school district is the staff of individuals who interact with students and the community. It is our desire to acknowledge the strength of those individuals whose exemplary commitment sets a standard of excellence in our district.


What: The Rochester Community Schools Foundation developed the Excellence in Education Award to encourage outstanding efforts throughout the school district. A $500 to $1,000 award will be granted for up to six employees or employee teams per year for their efforts to improve the quality of education at Rochester Community Schools. Award dollars are to be used to purchase materials or services to enhance a school district classroom, curriculum or facility. The award must be spent during the current school year or no later than one semester into the new school year. This is a one-time only grant that is not renewable.


Who: Any employee of the district who has demonstrated exemplary performance towards improving the quality of teaching and learning or the overall environment of the school district is eligible. Winners must be currently employed by the district. Rochester Community Schools Foundation Board Members are not eligible to participate.


How: The process is simple. Nominations may come from any person in the school or community. In addition, employees may nominate themselves for the award. The Foundation Committee will select the award winners. Please refer to the selection criteria when completing the nomination form. Application forms can be obtained via an email that went out or on the district website. Nominations and letters of recommendations are due in March each year. Nominees will be notified the following month in April. Winners are required to submit a letter, within one month of notification, detailing how they plan to spend their award. Award recipients will be required to submit a final report by December, detailing expenses and a narrative summary of how they spent the awarded grant.


For more information contact the RCS Foundation at 248-726-3190 or visit the RCS Foundation website at www.rochester.k12.mi.us.