A Record Breaking Year!

By March 19, 2012 Newsroom


WATERLOO, IOWA – During the month of February, the R.J. McElroy Trust has received 1,719 nominations for 581 teachers for the Gold Star award for Outstanding Teaching.  This surpasses last year’s record by more than 327 nominations.  “This record number of nominations speaks volumes to the quality teachers we have in Black Hawk County” said R.J. McElroy Trust Executive Director, Stacy Van Gorp.

For the twenty-fourth year, nominations have been requested from students, faculty, and community members.  The nomination period closed on March 1.  Teachers who were nominated for the award are encouraged to submit an application to the R.J. McElroy Trust by March 23, 2012.  Applications can be submitted at www.GoldStarTeacher.com.  On May 21, the R.J. McElroy Trust and KWWL Television will recognize ten teachers at the “Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching” ceremony.

In late May, every nomination is sent to the named teacher, so he/she may learn of his/her impact on a student.

“We wrote the original Gold Star program in 1989. It worked well for many years, but we decided two years ago to put new life into Gold Star with a fresh approach.  The creative team at Hellman made that happen.” said James B. Waterbury, Trustee, R. J. McElroy Trust, “Teaching is demanding work, and we love being able to help students and parents say thanks in a way that teachers remember forever.”

About the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching

The Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching is a teacher-recognition program for educators in Black Hawk County. The program’s mission is to honor and encourage excellence in teaching and inspire outstanding teachers to continue in the profession. The program first grew out of an idea to improve education in Black Hawk County by encouraging outstanding teachers. To date, the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching has recognized more than 350 teachers in Northeast Iowa for their excellence in teaching. In 2011, the program launched its new website and updated campaign to reflect a more current appeal to today’s youth. For more information, please visit www.GoldStarTeacher.com.

About R.J. McElroy Trust

The R.J. McElroy Trust, along with KWWL-TV, founded the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1989. The trust’s benefactor was R.J. “Mac” McElroy, a pioneer Iowa broadcaster. McElroy was best known for creating KWWL-TV and several other Iowa radio and television stations. Upon his death in 1965, a trust fund was established, the proceeds of which were to be used for the “educational benefit of deserving young people.” The R.J. McElroy Trust has funded a broad range of programs to support and educate young people in Northeast Iowa.