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Kannapolis City Schools gains honors for excellence in communications

The Kannapolis City School System received two state awards for excellence in communications. The North Carolina School Public Relations Association honors the outstanding work of school districts in the field of communication with its annual Blue Ribbon Awards. This year, the awards were presented in Greensboro on Jan. 31.
Ellen Boyd, director of community relations for Kannapolis City Schools, earned two Blue Ribbon awards for Effective Communications. The awards honored Kannapolis City Schools’ 2013 Opening Convocation and the Executive Summary document that was prepared for District Accreditation. The judges commented that the work was “professional, well presented, informative, and well written.”
North Carolina School Public Relations Association President Tim Lussier, Advisor for Community Relations for Moore County Schools, said the work of the award winners rivaled the best work of public relations practitioners in any field.
“The work of these colleagues was judged to be superior and a credit to the practice of school public relations,” Lussier said. “This roster of excellence is tangible evidence that NCSPRA’s public relations professionals are among the nation’s finest.”
Award categories included annual reports, calendars, electronic media, writing, Internet website, marketing, newsletters/ newspapers, special purpose publications, identity/imaging packages, handbooks and photography. Entries were judged by the Georgia School Public Relations Association.
Prior to the awards ceremony attendees heard a presentation from NCSPRA Board members, Theo Helm and Cyndi Robbins Shah-Khan. They explored the use of Twitter as it applies to public schools. Nora Carr, chief of staff for Guilford County Schools and president of the National School Public Relations Association also presented. She spoke from the local, state, and national perspectives about the importance of building support for public education.
NCSPRA’s mission is to build support for public education through well-planned and responsible public relations.

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