Lawrence Schools Foundation Staff Awards

Each year district teachers and staff are recognized through with various awards through the Lawrence Schools Foundation. Nominations from staff and the community are accepted for each of the first three awards. Learn more about each award, see previous winners and gather the nomination form by clicking on the link for each honor.

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Dedication to Education

Sons and daughters of Bobs

An award to a certified teacher or para-educator who goes the extra mile to help kids who need it most. The $5,000 award is typically presented in December.


Nomination Form Due November 30th

Educator of the Year

The Golden Apple

Two awards given to a teacher or school administrator who has made outstanding contributions to our students. One award is provided at the elementary level and one at the secondary level. The awards are $1,500 each and are presented at the Foundation Follies in April.

Nominations open February 1.


Nomination Form Due March 15

Excellence in Teaching

Bob's Award
A teaching honor created by community leaders who share the first name Bob. The award includes $10,000 and is typically presented in May.
Nominations open March 1.


Nomination Form Due April 30

Barbara Hodgson Dream To Achieve Award

Presented to a New York Elementary teacher recognized by peers to possess great skill in the art of teaching and demonstrates the virtues the New York staff strives to instill in their students. Presented in the spring.

Allen Press Distinguished Teaching Award

This award is presented to a teacher at Lawrence High School based on nominations from the school's honor students. The award is presented at the school's annual Senior Recognition Ceremony in the spring.
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ACE Award

(Acknowledging Classified Employees)

The A.C.E Award recognizes and applauds classified employees whose efforts benefit students, faculty and staff, and others within and outside the USD 497 community. Students, faculty, classified and administrative staff may nominate any permanent part-time or full-time classified employee.  Award recipients will be announced each fall and each spring.

The recipient of the A.C.E Award will receive a $500.00 award.