GCS Receives National Awards for Communication

Guilford County Schools (GCS) was recently recognized among school districts nationwide for effective communications by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).

GCS received 10 national school communication awards. Seven awards recognized excellence in publications and electronic media. The other three citations are Golden Achievement awards, which recognize exemplary work in public relations. The publication awards are in the categories of excellence in writing, annual report, videocasting/videostreaming, image package and E-newsletter.

"Communications play a vital role in keeping employees, parents and the public informed and engaged in the work of our schools," said Nora Carr, GCS chief of staff and NSPRA president-elect. "We are fortunate to have such a hard-working and award-winning District Relations team in GCS."

NSPRA received more than 700 entries. The 10 NSPRA awards won by GCS are:


  • What's on the Menu? (Award of Excellence)
  • Restoring Trust (Award of Excellence)
  • Positive Impressions (Award of Merit)

Annual Report

  • 2011 Annual Report (Award of Excellence)


  • Guilford County Schools Service Learning (Honorable Mention)

Image Package

  • State of Our Schools (Award of Merit)


  • GCS Insider (Award of Merit)

Golden Achievement Award

  • Board of Education Recognition Program
  • Thank a Teacher 2011
  • Guilford Parent Academy's Healthy Family Celebration

A panel of journalism and communication experts judged the entries on appropriateness of message, graphic layout/design, overall appearance, writing/content and effectiveness in reaching goal. Electronic media entries are judged on professional quality and presentation of message, including sound for radio and color/motion for video.

To view the full list of award and recipients visit: http://www.nspra.org/awards/pubs_media