Introducing the OEF APPLE Awards


Thank a teacher, help our schools



 Our Okemos teachers and staff do an amazing job every day educating our children. 

Here’s a new way to express your appreciation while also supporting our schools through the

Okemos Education Foundation.

An OEF APPLE Award recognizes Amazing Performance in Promoting Learning and Excellence.  It’s a nice way to honor teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, office staff, food service workers, custodial staff, bus drivers…any of the many amazing people in our school district who make your student’s education a special one. 

Each APPLE Award costs $20, which is a tax-deductible donation to the Okemos Education Foundation. 

When you purchase an APPLE award, your honored teacher or staff member will receive a personalized, color 5x7 certificate to remember your appreciation, and the OEF will receive $20 to use toward its support of Okemos schools.  In addition, your gift will be recognized in the OEF newsletter and on our website.

APPLE Awards can be purchased at any time of the year … anytime you want to say, “Thank you!” for a job well done.

Thank You! for your support of the OEF and for taking the time to recognize excellence in our schools!

To donate an APPLE Award, please visit the Online APPLE Award Donation Page

or download this PDF DONATION FORM.


2013 OEF Awards Announced

The Okemos Education Foundation (OEF) has announced that the following individuals will receive the 2013 Commitment to Excellence Awards at the OEF Awards Banquet on November 21, 2013:
  • Lynn Atkins, EI Basic Classroom Teacher at Kinawa (retired)
  • Lee Ballor, Math/Science Teacher at Chippewa
  • Nichole Berridge, RtI Coach at Cornell
  • Karen Canestraight, Science Teacher at Okemos High School
  • Ingrid Yarbrough, 4th Grade Teacher at Hiawatha (retired)
These educators were chosen for their outstanding ability to inspire and motivate students, their creativity and innovation, and their ability to promote the welfare of students and provide leadership within the school community. Nominators were submitted by community members, parents, and school staff and each non-retired recipient will receive a $1,000 grant from the OEF to be used for educational purposes. The Special Recognition Award is presented to support staff who demonstrate a passion for excellence and whose work elevates the Okemos Public Schools. The 2013 Special Recognition Award recipients are:
  • Catherine Hickey, At Risk Aide at Hiawatha
  • Kathy Maki, Library Media Specialist at Hiawatha
The Volunteer Service Award honors individuals who have a significant positive impact on students, staff, and the school community through their extraordinary volunteer service. The 2013 Volunteer Service Award recipients are:
  • Christine Burgess & Cari Thomas, Uniform Committee Chairs for the Okemos High School Band
Award recipients will be honored during the annual OEF Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 21, at the Country Club of Lansing. Tickets will be available October 1 through November 7 at each Okemos school office.

Our Mission:  "Recognizing Excellence and Promoting Innovation in Okemos Public Schools."

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