This is a special story that really captures the spirit of what a News 8 Golden Apple Award is all about. We go to Rochester School No.33 to honor First Grade Teacher Julie Grantham.
6 year old Fra-kwan Palmo wrote one of the shortest Golden Apple nominations we've received. "I love you Miss Grantham so much."
That's all Fra-kwan needed to describe his teacher Julie Grantham.
Assistant Principal Laurel Avery-DeToy says those 7 words describe her pretty well. "Exceptionally. I guess in the language of the rubric is exemplar!"
Julie Grantham has taught at School No.33 in Rochester for a dozen years. I really wanted to meet the person that inspired young Fra-kwan to write us.
When Mrs. Grantham learned Fra-kwan nominated her for a News 8 Golden Apple Award she gave him a big hug. In fact, Julie wraps her loving arms around all her kids everyday. "It's important to let every child know that they are loved. I mean they get the love from their family but they also need to have the love at school."
Laurel says "I think once Julie puts some love on a child that child owns her forever. How she treats her children here in school is what she puts on at home too. It's a consistency. There's nothing in-between other than the real Julie Grantham. It's a pleasure that she puts all that into her job and is just so consistent for all our children here at 33."
"I feel it makes a difference" Julie says. "Because they do their best when they feel that they belong and they feel they are supported."
Julie Grantham is a News 8 Golden Apple Award winner. you can read Fra-kwan's nominating letter if you look below. I promise it won't take very long.
Dear News 8,
I love you Mrs. Grantham soooooo muuuch!
Fra-kwan Palmo, RCSD School No.33