Excellence in School Communications

Excellence in School Communications
Posted on 04/28/2017
Educators with Awards

Friday, April 27, 2017

Public relations group recognizes educators
with 17 state awards for communications

COLUMBIA – District educators have earned statewide recognition for their communications efforts, bringing home a record 17 awards from the South Carolina chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.

Hilton Head Island High earned four awards, including two Medallion recognitions, the highest honors bestowed by SC/NSPRA.  Bluffton Middle and Red Cedar Elementary earned three awards each, and Okatie Elementary and Pritchardville Elementary earned two each.

The district’s SC/NSPRA award winners for 2017 were:

  • Bluffton Middle:  School website (Website category); Mustang Messenger (Newsletter category); School choice pamphlet (Marketing category).
  • Bluffton High:  School website (Website category).
  • Broad River Elementary:  School brochure (Electronics and Publications category).
  • Hilton Head Island High: “Island Connections: Business-Community-Education  Forum (Medallion Award, highest honor); Seahawk Support Circle (Medallion Award); Parent workshops sponsored by School Improvement Council (Golden Achievement Award); and “Hilton Head Island High School – The School of Excellence” (Print Advertisement Category).
  • Okatie Elementary:  OWLSOME incentive program (Golden Achievement Award) and Student Agenda (Electronics and Publications)
  • Pritchardville Elementary: “Turtle Talk” staff newsletter (Newsletter category); and “ESOL Parents’ Night PowerPoint” (PowerPoint category).
  • Red Cedar Elementary:  Agenda for students (Handbook category); Mascot “Foxy” (School Identity category); and “WRCE Morning News” (Special Purpose Video Category).
  • District technology coaches: “Tech Bytes” (Newsletter category).

“Communicating with parents and community members is key to parental and community involvement in schools,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “In just two years, our schools have improved from earning just a handful of communications awards to 17 this year.  That’s outstanding.”

The awards were presented today at an SC/NSPRA luncheon in Columbia.  SC/NSPRA is a statewide organization of school district communications professionals who advocate for public education and model and share effective communications practices.  Out-of-state public relations and communications professionals judged this year’s entries.