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Rochester Community Schools Foundation

Excellence in Education Award sponsored by Pino Insurance Agency


The Rochester Community Schools Foundation recognizes that the most valuable resource of the school district is the staff of individuals who interact with students and the community.  It is our desire to acknowledge the strength of those individuals whose exemplary commitment sets a standard of excellence in our district.


Any employee of the district who has demonstrated exemplary performance towards improving the quality of teaching and learning or the overall environment of the school district is eligible.  Winners must be currently employed by the district.  Rochester Community Schools Foundation Board Members are not eligible to participate.


The Rochester Community Schools Foundation developed the Excellence in Education Award (EEA) to encourage outstanding efforts throughout the school district.  A $500 to $1,000 award will be granted to two or more employees for their efforts to improve the quality of education at Rochester Community Schools.  Award dollars are to be used to purchase materials or services to enhance a school district classroom, curriculum or facility. The award must be spent during the current school year or no later than one semester into the new school year.  This is a one-time only grant that is not renewable.

*The amount granted to the employee(s) is determined by the generous donation from Pino Insurance Agency.*


The process is simple.  Nominations may come from any person in the school or community.  In addition, you may nominate more than one employee and employees may nominate themselves for the award.  

The EEA Review Committee will review all submissions and select and surprise the award winners at their buildings in front of their peers and/or students in May.  

Please refer to the selection criteria when completing the nomination form. Please click here to complete the the nomination form or refer to the original e-mail sent to all community members, parents and staff.

Nominations and letters of recommendation are due to RCS Foundation by no later than March 31.  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Winners are required to submit a letter detailing how they plan to spend their award.  Award recipients will be required to submit a final report by June 2024, detailing expenses and a narrative summary and pictures of how they spent the awarded grant.

Does your nominee meet the criteria?

Click below to complete a nomination form today!

Excellence in Education Nomination Form

REMINDER: Click “Criteria for Selection” below to review examples of how an employee might meet the criteria:

Criteria for Selection
Excellence in Education Award

Excellence in Education Award Recipients

Scroll Over (or Click) Each Picture to Read More About the Recipients from 2019 to Present!

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