CCSD Honored with 15 State Awards for Public Relations

CCSD Honored with 15 State Awards for Public Relations

The Cherokee County School District won 15 awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA), as announced at the GSPRA 2016 Annual Conference on Dec. 6, 2016 in Augusta, a record total and including a “Best in State” top honor!

The Annual Publications, Photography & Electronic Media Contest recognizes outstanding work produced by Georgia schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, educational agencies or education-related associations.

“Communication is necessary for a successful School District, and we’re so pleased to be recognized at this level for what we do day in and day out to keep students, parents, staff and the community at large informed,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “The past year was very significant for communications for us, with our rebranding campaign, the launch of our new website, our first marketing campaigns and the expansion of internal newsletters among other initiatives.  We appreciate the kudos from our State’s school public relations professional organization and will continue working daily toward improving our communications.”

The awards won by CCSD are coordinated and facilitated by the Division of Public Information, Communication and Partnerships and represent collaboration between and among multiple departments:

Best in Category, Image/Identity Package

Gold Award, Image/Identity Package

  • Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools
  • Bobby Blount, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Gold Award, Internet Website (www.CherokeeK12.net)

  • Bobby Blount, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Tim Feltner, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Susan Campbell, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Gold Award, Marketing Campaign (#WeAreCCSDTeachers) Here’s a link to the video included in the campaign.

  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Gold Award, Newsletter: Connection Points

  • Bobby Blount, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Tim Feltner, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Debbie Childress, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Robby Carmichael, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Esther Brenneman, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Derek Brock, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Christina Clayton, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Chris Saxon, Division of Technology and Information Services

Gold Awards (3 Awards), Photography (“Let Me Win”; “Welcome Home”; AGUA Aquaponics Lab)

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Awards (2 Awards), Excellence in Writing (Teacher of the Year profiles; “You Are a Superhero”)

  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Newsletter: Accolades

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Newsletter: District Delegate

  • Penny Dempsey, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Social Media

  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Penny Dempsey, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Special Purpose Publication: Financial Facts

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Special Purpose Publication: Ready to Learn

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

A special award also was presented to one of CCSD’s parent leaders: Lisa-Marie Haygood of Cherokee County, President of Georgia PTA, who received the 2016 Outstanding Leadership in School-Community Relations Award.  The award, which is not necessarily presented annually, is the highest honor the Association awards to a non-public relations professional.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, left, congratulate Lisa-Marie Haygood of Cherokee County, President of Georgia PTA, who won GSPRA’s 2016 Outstanding Leadership in School-Community Relations Award.

Ms. Haygood has long been one of CCSD’s most vocal cheerleaders for public  schools. Starting from her days as room mom for her daughter’s kindergarten class, and rising through the ranks of the Cherokee County PTA and then District-level PTA, she always has been a go-to parent for advocating on behalf of children and the public schools they attend.  She took her advocacy efforts to the next level when she became President of the Georgia PTA last year and led the successful advocacy effort to defeat the Amendment One plan for Stake-takeover of public schools.

The award-winning staff members and Ms. Haygood will be recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and the School Board at the Jan. 19 meeting of the School Board.

“Let Me Win,” a photo from CCSD Special Olympics Awareness Games of CCSD Special Education Supervisor Sheryl Gould and Matthew Taylor, won a Gold Award in the GSPRA contest.

 

This photo of Canton ES STEM Academy student Alexis Reed working in the school’s AGUA Aquaponics Lab won a Gold Award in the GSPRA contest.

“Welcome Home,” a photo of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant E-6 Lyle Judson hugs sons, Ryan, and Dominic, in a surprise reunion at Indian Knoll ES upon his return from a deployment in Africa, won a Gold Award in the GSPRA contest.