Communications Staff Earns Top School Public Relations Awards

LA PLATA, Md. (Nov. 27, 2009)—Charles County Public Schools communications staff received 10 awards through the Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s 2009 Communications Contest (CHESPRA).

Awards received include the Award of Excellence for a video featuring the Save the Bay STEM field trip; the Charles County Public Schools Web site design; and a podcast featuring the television show “On Air.”

The 2008-09 Parent Handbook/Calendar, the “News to Know” community newsletter, videos featuring the school system’s PBIS efforts and the Safe Teen Driving program, the C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School Web site design and a podcast featuring the television show “NewsBreak 96” received the Award of Merit.

A video highlighting teacher recruitment received an Honorable Mention award. All entries were produced by the school systems communications department during the 2008-09 school year.

The communications department consists of Katie O’Malley-Simpson, coordinator of media relations and communications; Steven Sprouse, digital communications specialist; Shelley Buter, communications project developer; and Kyle Graves, video production specialist.

For more information on CHESPRA, visit

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