Harris County Department of Education gained 12 national awards from the 2013 National School Public Relations Association and will be recognized for achievement at the NSPRA conference in July in San Diego, California.The awards acknowledge excellence in communications including branding, social media, video and electronic and printed brochures. They are presented to the following HCDE divisions: Client Development Services, Communications and Public Information, and Technology Support Services.
Top awards include the exemplary Golden Achievement Award for the “Choice Partners Rebranding Campaign” and the Award of Excellence for “Follow Us on Pinterest.” Both awards will be on display at the NSPRA conference July 7-10.
NSPRA is a nonprofit, professional organization founded in 1935 to build public support of best education opportunities and achievement for all students and to promote better public understanding of the objectives, accomplishments and needs of education in a diverse society. The organization reported 894 entries to the competition.
The NSPRA awards and communications specialists collaborating on the awards are as follows:
• Golden Achievement Award: Choice Partners Rebranding Campaign, Louise Henry, Amy Guillory and Noemi Lopez
• Award of Excellence: Follow Us on Pinterest (social media site), Amanda Arnold
• Award of Merit: Raise a Champion (video for Cooperative for After-School Enrichment), Joe Perez, Daniel Villarreal, Carol Vaughn
• Award of Merit: On the Road to Success (annual report for Head Start) Lotus Locaste-Wilken, Amanda Arnold, Carol Vaughn
• Award of Merit: Harris County Department of Education Services (electronic brochure), Amy Guillory, Carol Vaughn, Tammy Lanier, Louise Henry, Amanda Arnold
• Award of Honorable Mention: Invest in Dreams through Kids’ Day (electronic brochure for Cooperative for After-School Enrichment), Carol Vaughn, Maya Livingston, Daniel Villarreal
• Award of Honorable Mention: Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow (branding /image package for Cooperative for After-School Enrichment), Lotus Locaste-Wilkin, Amanda Arnold, Carol Vaughn
• Award of Honorable Mention: Pitch in for Children and Teachers (video for Education Foundation of Harris County), Joe Perez, Daniel Villarreal
• Award of Honorable Mention: Shape the Future/Become a Teacher (special purpose publication for Alternative Certification), Lotus Locaste-Wilkin, Carol Vaughn
• Award of Honorable Mention: Choice Partners Co-opportunities E-Newsletter (newsletter for Choice Partners), Louise Henry, Amy Guillory, Noemi Lopez
• Award of Honorable Mention: Choice Partners Genie Campaign (branding for Choice Partners) Louise Henry, Amy Guillory, Noemi Lopez
• Award of Honorable Mention: Instructional Support Services Brochure, Louise Henry, Amy Guillory, Noemi Lopez
About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at www.hcde-texas.org.
Carol E. Vaughn, Communications/Media Relations Manager
Harris County Department of Education
713-696-0756 office, 281-660-9205 cell