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Monday, January 23, 2023

Golden Apple Horse statue heading to West Port High School

The Public Education Foundation of Marion County will be unveiling an acrylic Golden Apple Horse statue later this week in recognition of the county’s Teacher of the Year.

On Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m., the statue will be unveiled at West Port High School (3733 SW 80th Avenue in Ocala), which is the home of Marion County’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, Leah Bender.

Golden Apple Horse to recognize Marion County's Teacher of the Year
West Port High School is home to Marion County’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, Leah Bender

According to Marion County Public Schools, the Golden Apple Horse will move each year to the campus of the county’s latest Teacher of the Year. This move will always fall on the last Friday of April to tie into Teacher Appreciation Week during the following week.

Bender will be in attendance at this week’s dedication ceremony along with students and school administrators. There will also be speakers from the Marion County School Board, school district, and city leaders from Ocala, Belleview, and Dunnellon.

The ceremony will be held outside of West Port High School’s main office. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Meghan Magamoll, Executive Director of the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, via email at: [email protected]