City of Harvey to Rename Street after Golden Apple Award Recipient Roosevelt Griffin

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Ceremony will take place today at 4 p.m.

Golden Apple is equally proud of Roosevelt’s contribution to teaching and his impact on the students of Harvey.

The City of Harvey has approved the honorary renaming of Ashland Avenue between 159th and 160th streets in honor of Roosevelt Griffin, the Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School’s District Band Director who received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching earlier this year. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 9th at 4 p.m.

Roosevelt Griffin is an outstanding educator and citizen who has dedicated his life to the community and students of the City of Harvey. Through his decades of working in education in the community where he was born, raised and went to school, he has given his students an environment where they can artistically explore and excel. The award-winning middle school jazz band that he leads has received national recognition, most recently receiving high acclaim when they took the stage at the Chicago Jazz Festival. The parents of his students marvel at the transformations their children undergo while participating in his band program.

To learn more about Roosevelt Griffin, visit his website at

“Golden Apple is equally proud of Roosevelt’s contribution to teaching and his impact on the students of Harvey," said Dominic Belmonte, president and chief executive officer of Golden Apple. “It is because of those accomplishments that Golden Apple recognized Roosevelt with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching earlier this year.”

The recognition is but part of Golden Apple’s commitment to and expansion of its work with the schools, teachers and students of the south side and south suburbs.

Golden Apple has been working with teachers in south side and south suburban Chicago schools to deepen their ability to teach science through our Inquiry Science Institute.

Golden Apple has brought many young people from south side and south suburban Chicago to the teaching profession through the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program. In the coming years, Golden Apple will greatly expand the number of students from this area who will be accepted into the program.

About Golden Apple
Celebrating its 29th anniversary, Golden Apple began with founders Mike and Pat Koldyke and a shared inspiration - to offer outstanding schoolteachers a level of recognition and engagement in the larger work of education reform. Golden Apple’s successful track record of integrated, innovative programs and resources enhance the quality, resiliency and creativity of classroom teachers and improve teaching and learning throughout Illinois. Qualified, passionate educators - including Golden Apple Award recipients and finalists - lead a small staff of dedicated employees with functional and program expertise. A connected and committed board of directors oversees Golden Apple’s strategic direction. Together with a larger community of expert educators, this nonprofit organization works to ensure that all Illinois children have the excellent teachers they deserve, particularly within schools of need. Visit for more information.

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