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UCPS Communications Office recognized nationally

The Union County Public Schools Communications Office has received five national awards in the National School Public Relations Association’s (NSPRA) 2010 Publication and Electronic Media Contest. Pictured are, standing from left, Deb Coates Bledsoe, Arthur Rogers, Don Mace, and Candy Stufflebeam. Seated is UCPS Chief Communications Officer Luan Ingram.

The Union County Public Schools Communications Office has received five national awards in the National School Public Relations Association’s (NSPRA) 2010 Publication and Electronic Media Contest.

"I am really proud of the UCPS Communications Office,” said UCPS Chief Communications Officer Luan Ingram. “It's really rewarding and exciting to know that we can compete successfully with the best school communications departments in the nation. I give tremendous credit to my staff made up of Deb Bledsoe, Arthur Rogers, Don Mace, and Candy Stufflebeam. Each of these is an expert in their particular field, and I feel very fortunate to oversee a team of their caliber. UCPS is an outstanding school district and one that deserves national recognition on many, many levels."

There are three levels of awards in the NSPRA contest: Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, and Award of Honorable Mention. This national contest recognizes outstanding education publications and electronic media programs.

The “UCPS K-5 Goals and Objectives Handbook” and the “UCPS 2010 Kindergarten Handbook” both received Awards of Merit, the only school system in the state to be recognized at this level in the handbook category. Seven Awards of Merit were awarded across the United States and Canada, and Union County received two of the seven. To view these UCPS award-winning publications, go to: http://www.ucps.k12.nc.us/communications/publications.php

The UCPS web site also received an Award of Merit, one of only 12 school systems in the United States and Canada (and the only one in North Carolina) to be recognized at this level in the web site category. To view the UCPS web site, go to: http://www.ucps.k12.nc.us

Two UCPS publications, the “UCPS 2009-2010 Middle School Handbook” and the “UCPS High School Program of Studies,” received Awards of Honorable Mention. Eight Awards of Honorable Mention were awarded in the handbook category across the nation, and of those, Union County received two. UCPS was the only school system in North Carolina to win Awards of Honorable Mention in the handbook category.

There were 801 entries in this year’s national competition, which is open to all public and private schools or districts, vocational-technical institutes; regional or county education service agencies; education agencies; and private businesses serving as partners with those organizations.

To see all the national winners of the NSPRA 2010 contest, go to the NSPRA web site.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jun 24, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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