CCPS Communications Staff Earns Top School Public Relations Awards - Southern Maryland Headline News

CCPS Communications Staff Earns Top School Public Relations Awards

LA PLATA, Md. (June 26, 2010)—The Charles County Public Schools communications department recently received two top National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) awards for school system communication materials.

The Charles County Public Schools Web site, designed and maintained by communications department staff, received an Award of Excellence – the highest award given by NSPRA. The Web site award is one of five Award of Excellence recipients nationwide, and more than 80 sites were judged.

A video produced by communications staff titled “21st Century Teaching and Learning,” received an Award of Merit – the second highest award given by NSPRA. The video was selected as an award winner from among more than 138 audio/visual entries.

Each year, NSPRA sponsors a publications and electronic media contest. The two school system entries were selected for awards from a total of 801 entries. Additionally, the department received 10 publication awards in October through the Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s annual publications contest, covering Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

The communications department consists of Katie O’Malley-Simpson, director of media relations and communications; Shelley Mackey, communications specialist; Kyle Graves, video production specialist; Sabrina Weitkamp, graphics/web developer; and Kara Gross, communications assistant.

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