UCPS wins nine communication awards
Nine times the name “Union County Public Schools” was called out in Greensboro as the UCPS Communications Office received nine Blue Ribbon State Awards recognizing outstanding school communications.
The awards were given at the North Carolina School Public Relations Association’s (NCSPRA) Annual Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony for Effective Communications, held at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro Friday, (March 1, 2013).
The UCPS Communications Office received two awards for Excellence in Writing. The first was for the article, “That Moment” written by Rob Jackson, Community Relations and Communications Liaison. The judges stated, “This article has a great opening! We know exactly what you are talking about. We love this article!”
UCPS Communications Coordinator Deb Coates Bledsoe was recognized for writing the article, “Jacob’s New Life Chapter.” The judges shared, “This is a feel good story and we like it. It is well-written, interesting, and keeps your attention.”
Arthur Rogers, Visual Communications Coordinator, received an award for the “UCPS Kindergarten Handbook.” The judges described it as an “excellent student booklet with a good layout and outstanding graphic work.” He also received an award for “Excellence in the Special Purpose Publications” for a poster he created for a school play, “School House Rocks.”
Bledsoe received an award for the employee newsletter, “Inside News.” The newsletter was highlighted for providing great information for employees. The judges particularly liked the inclusion of a section for announcing employee news - births, deaths and marriages
The Communications Office received three awards for Excellence in Photography. A photo by Rogers called “Mr. Muscles,” was noted for capturing a child’s facial reaction. Bledsoe had two photos that received Blue Ribbon awards, “Dancing in the Streets” and “Tiger Kicks.” Her photography elicited comments of “colorful, great” and was noted for “capturing the essence of the moment.”
The final award of the day went to Web Communications Coordinator Don Mace for the Union County Public Schools website and Internet usage. The UCPS Facebook page has grown into the largest school system Facebook page in the state with over 9,000 likes.
Entries were judged by the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) and a number of Georgia newspaper journalists.
This article was provided courtesy of the Communications Office of the Union County Public Schools.