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 Our Third Annual Golden Apple Awards!

Honoring our 2019 Awardees:

Lisa Thackrah 
Christ the Divine Teacher School

Cathy Poninsky
St. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School
Kathy Hetu 
Mary Queen of Apostles School

The Diocese of Greensburg recognizes the impact that each teacher has on the development of a child and is excited to celebrate excellence in teaching in our Catholic schools by recognizing exceptional educators with a Golden Apple Award at the third annual A Celebration of Catholic Schools Breakfast on October 10th in North Huntington.

Bishop Edward C. Malesic served as the keynote speaker and Dr. Maureen Marsteller, Superintendent of Catholic schools, delivered a welcome and state of the schools address.  Attendees were joined by special guest emcee, Mike Clark, WTAE-TV​, Pittsburgh's Action News 4.  All funds raised for A Celebration of Catholic Schools directly benefit our students, teachers and schools diocesan-wide.

Event Highlights

  • Presentation of Golden Apple Awards to celebrate excellence in teaching generously provided by the Donahue Family Foundation.
  • Awarding of Innovation Grants to accelerate and advance learning in the classroom.
  • Recognition of exceptional student achievement through Student Spotlight Awards.
  • Recognition of Pennsylvania Tax Credit donors.


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Golden Apple AwardsAbout the Golden Apple Award

This Award honors outstanding individuals who symbolize excellence in and out of the classroom, are committed to Catholic values and are devoted to teaching in the Catholic School system.

The Golden Apple Award will be given to a total of three teachers within the 12 schools of the Diocese of Greensburg.  The award will consist of a beautiful engraved Golden Apple award and monetary gift for the awardee’s unrestricted personal use.

Read more about the award

 2019 Innovation Grant Winners

This year we had a record number of grant requests and we were able to fund 7 grants for a total of $50,154.45.

The Divine Redeemer School Logo JUST CROSS - BLACK.pngGrant number 1 will be used to begin a school-wide initiative to increase fine and gross motor skills and encourage physical activity for students. This initiative will include increasing “learn to play” activities in the preschool, kindergarten and primary classrooms, and decals in the hallways and cafeteria that encourage physical movement and activity. Awarded to The Divine Redeemer School

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​ Grant number 3 is for an innovative project that blends math, music, physical education, mental health, religion and literacy, and connects two diocesan schools through a connected “Drums Alive Drumtastic curriculum”. Awarded to The Divine Redeemer School and Mary Queen of Apostles School. mqa_new_logo.jpg

geibel_crest.pngGrant number 5 is for an aquaponics and aeroponics grow lab that will increase student exposure to hands-on inquiry based labs, allow students to develop and successfully maintain a grow lab, and will encourage student exploration in food production and the relationship between the natural world and feeding the human population. Awarded to Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School

aquinas_crest_edit.pngGrant number 7 is for a project that will allow students to create video content using a Padcaster video production system.  Lights, Camera, Learning will teach students to create video morning announcements with professional style equipment and software.  Awarded to Aquinas Academy in Greensburg.

sje_crest.pngGrant number 2 is for a school-wide space balloon launch. The Up, Up, and Away Space Balloon Launch will bring together the entire school community to complete appropriate tasks to achieve a successful launch. Awarded to St. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School in Uniontown

mos_crest.pngGrant number 4 is for an Elementary Makerspace. This makerspace will help develop a maker mindset for younger learners, while allowing them to find ways to collaborate creatively to solve problems. Awarded to Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville

cdt_crest.pngGrant number 6 is for a LIFT Center, or Learning Innovatively from Technology Center.  The LIFT Center is a student center-based classroom equipped with Smartboards, green-screen, document cameras, modular white boards, and a vinyl language station. Awarded to Christ the Divine Teacher School


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