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Golden Apple recipient gives students all the right tools

Inside Golden Apple recipient April White's Suamico Elementary School classroom. (WLUK image)

SUAMICO (WLUK) -- April White has been developing her tools of the trade for more than 16 years. She's also helping her students create their own to get them through school and life.

"They're constantly being exposed to different learning techniques and different tools for learning something so that they continue to build their toolboxes to strengthen learning, not just in third grade but beyond," White said.

Ryan Welnetz, the principal at Suamico Elementary School, says White's an expert at using real-world examples to maximize learning far beyond the ABCs. Her students say she's an expert at being nice.

"She's a special teacher because she's funny and she laughs a lot and it's just fun to be around her," said third grade student Grant Swim.

"As they're learning to be consumers and producers, that's one of their social studies units. They did a popcorn sale and the popcorn sale was to raise money; that money that they raised, they bought fabric with; with the fabric they made blankets; blankets were delivered to senior citizens," Welnetz explained.

And by the time they leave Mrs. White's classroom, the students will hopefully have learned that the greatest tool they possess is themselves.

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FOX 11's Tom Milbourn, Michelle Melby and Mike Murad kicked off the nomination period for the 25th annual Golden Apple Awards in September. Nominees were announced in January, and the Teachers of Distinction were named later in the month.

The full list of recipients was announced in February.

This year's Golden Apple Awards ceremony is set for April 18. It will be broadcast at 6 p.m. April 19 on CW 14 and at 6 p.m. April 22 on FOX 11.

The Golden Apple Awards are a program of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, with support from major sponsors.

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