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Harvey Band Director Roosevelt Griffin receives Golden Apple Award

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Mr. Roosevelt Griffin (Band Director and Golden Apple Recipient - Left) and Gwendolyn Brooks Jazz Band Mr. Roosevelt Griffin (Band Director and Golden Apple Recipient - Left) and Gwendolyn Brooks Jazz Band
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching was awarded Wednesday morning to Roosevelt Griffin, Band Director at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Harvey, IL.

"It is definitely an honor. My wife, my boys, they are proud of me which makes me proud to be able to stand in front of them to say, you know what, I believe I'm giving back. Serve the Lord and he will bless you," Griffin said.

Griffin was born and raised in Harvey. He attended school in Harvey School District 152 at Riley Elementary and then Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School. He graduated college from Northern Illinois University receiving an Illinois Teaching Certificate in Instrumental Music and a Bachelors of Arts in Music Performance. He also earned a Masters of Arts in School Leadership from Concordia University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

"I am proud and honored to have the pleasure of working with him. I think his character and hard work exemplifies excellence. I am excited and I know we see that in our students. He is a role model for them and he has helped them to grow and mature into becoming outstanding musicians and students," said Dr. Denean Adams, Superintendent of School District 152.

Winners of the Golden Apple Award receive a tuition-free, spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University. They also receive a cash reward of $3,000. Golden Apple has been awarding exceptional teachers throughout Illinois each year since 1986.

"We are very proud of Mr. Griffin and his exemplary efforts with the students. The faculty and parents support him 100 percent,” said District 152 School Board President Janet Rogers.

The selection committee for Golden Apple is made up of respected retired teachers, college and university professors, administrators as well as previous Golden Apple Award recipients.

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