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2022 South St. Paul Silver Apple Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's South St. Paul Educational Foundation Silver Apple Award winners! Students are invited to nominate a South St. Paul Schools staff member as someone who has made a positive impact on their life. This year three SSPPS staff members were honored.

Paulette Spafford, 1st grade teacher at Kaposia. Nominated by Elizabeth C. and Avery W.

Paulette Spafford with students who nominated her and staff members

Kim Bauer, 2nd grade teacher at Lincoln. Nominated by Louisa S. and Family and Addie R.

kim bauer with student who nominated her and SSPPS staff

Ricardo Rivera, Robotics/Trade Teacher at the Middle School. Nominated by Tomas O.

Ricardo Rivera with student who nominated him and SSPPS staff

About the Silver Apple Award

Don Bliss, class of 1950, established the Silver Apple Award in honor of his wife, Roxanne Waldhauser Bliss, class of 1951. During his career as a U. S. West Executive, Don would ask other executives who were the most influential people in their lives. Almost always a teacher would be one of the top influences. Most often, we have become adults before we realize the importance of a special teacher or staff member who has had a lasting influence on our lives. This endowed award was established to encourage students to appreciate educators or support staff who are especially important to them.