At its September 13, 2011 meeting, the Board of Education will recognize the District Relations Department, which has been awarded 10 national awards for outstanding communications.
The department received seven Publications and Electronic Media Awards and three Golden Achievement Awards given by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).
In the excellence in writing category, "Don't Wait-Act," an article written for the American School Board Journal, received an award of excellence. The article "Mission Critical," received an award of merit. In addition, the articles "Demographic Shifts Require Changes in School Communication" and "GCS Records Lowest Dropout Rate of Largest N.C. Districts," received honorable mentions.
The GCS Insider received an award of merit for electronic newsletter/newsletter podcast. The marketing of the district's annual magnet fair also received an award of merit. "Choose GCS," a video produced by GCSTV 2, won honorable mention in the audio/visual programs presentations category.
The district received Golden Achievement Awards for three programs including the Celebrating Excellence in Education event, State of Our Schools event and the launch of the district's social media pages on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. The programs were judged on the effectiveness of their research, evaluation, planning and implementation.
In the Publications and Electronic Media Awards, 391 entries from across the country received awards out of 769 submissions. There were 90 Golden Achievement Award recipients.
NSPRA is a non-profit, professional association that provides training, services and resources for school district communication.