CCPS Communications Staff Earns Top School Public Relations Awards


LA PLATA, Md. (November 11, 2010)—Charles County Public Schools communications staff recently received six awards through the Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s 2010 Communications Contest (CHESPRA).

Four entries received an Award of Excellence, the highest accolade an entry can receive. Entries include “School News,” a print/web-based newsletter for school system staff; and two podcasts featuring episodes of NewsBreak 96 and On Air, two television shows produced by department staff for Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12.

Also receiving an Award of Excellence is a budget-focused speech presented to the Charles County Commissioners by Board Chairman Roberta S. Wise.

“CCPS Gets Civil,” a video production highlighting civil rights education in Charles County Public Schools, received an Award of Merit, the second highest accolade an entry can receive. Another speech, Summer school graduation, also received an Honorable Mention award.

This is the third consecutive year that the department has received awards through the CHESPRA Communications Contest.

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

Source: Charles County Public Schools

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