Comptroller Franchot to Honor the Unsung Heroes in the Public School System

- Golden Apple Award Recognizes Volunteers in Maryland Public Schools -

Annapolis, MD (October 17, 2012)

Everyone knows public school teachers have a thankless job, but there are others within the public school system that receive even less acknowledgement- until now. Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced his Golden Apple Award specifically designed to honor the hard-working volunteers throughout Maryland’s public school system.

“Countless numbers of men, women and organizations donate their time and resources to volunteer at public schools throughout the state. All without pay and, sometimes, without the proper recognition they deserve,” says Comptroller Franchot. “It is my great pleasure to announce the Golden Apple Award. This honor will provide the accolades these volunteers truly deserve.”

Comptroller Franchot is no stranger to recognizing outstanding achievements in Maryland’s public schools. He created the Silver Hammer Award to recognize schools that demonstrated a commitment to fiscal responsibility through superior school maintenance. “Maintaining a healthy learning environment is paramount to our kids, and their teachers’ success. But maintenance extends to more than just repairing a roof or building an addition. It also means having people available to guide the children, help the teacher and provide a safe and educational environment whether in the classroom or on a field trip,” says the Comptroller.

Nominations for the Golden Apple Award will be accepted for all 23 counties, and Baltimore City, until December 1, 2012 with the awards to be distributed in 2013. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the Comptroller’s Website at

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