Golden Apple: Brenda Storti
This week's Golden Apple recipient, Brenda Storti, has suffered a setback because her classroom at Edgewood Highland Elementary School in Cranston was flooded and will be closed for weeks.
A pipe burst, causing water to cascade down a hill, creating what looks like a moat, and then flowing right into the school.
But for students and teachers, it was more than just a news story. It meant their projects, laptops, and even a Golden Apple award, were soaked.
It was just a few days earlier when NBC 10's Patrice Wood paid a surprise visit to the school and Education Commissioner Ken Wagner gave Storti the Golden Apple Award for her devotion to children who are hearing impaired. She also received a $250 grant from Hasbro.
Storti was nominated by Karen Oliver.
Oliver said her 4-year-old son is hearing impaired. Before entering Miss Storti's Northern Rhode Island Collaborative class, he could say only one word: "no."
Now, he and his fellow classmates are chatterboxes. Through Stortie's patient instruction, and using hearing aids and cochlear implants, they learn techniques to better communicate.
While NBC 10 can't put Storti's flooded classroom back together again, we have made her a shiny new Golden Apple that she can proudly display.