The Spring ISD Communications Office was recognized with 40 Star Awards from the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) for excellence in school communications during the 2019-20 school year, including four Crystal Certificates of Merit and two Best of Category awards.
The awards were presented Wednesday night during the 2021 TSPRA Annual Conference Star Awards Banquet in Denton. Every year, TSPRA recognizes and honors exceptional work in print, electronic and visual communications. In addition to the Crystal Certificates of Merit and Best of Category awards, Spring ISD earned 31 Gold Stars, four Silver Stars and one Bronze Star.
“These awards are really a reflection of all our talented students and staff here in Spring ISD,” said Communications Officer Sylvia Wood. “Our district has so much going on and we’re fortunate to be able to share these stories with our community so they can see everything that’s happening. We’re also grateful to have the support of our Superintendent and Board of Trustees, who understand that timely and effective communications are essential to keeping our staff, students, parents and community engaged and informed.”
Judges evaluated more than 1,400 submissions statewide and determined the winners based on criteria set by TSPRA. School districts were judged in three separate categories: less than 10,000 students, 10,000 to 30,000 students, and more than 30,000 students. With its enrollment of about 33,000 students, Spring ISD competed against the state’s largest school districts.
For its four Crystal Certificates of Merit, Spring ISD was honored for two different photography portfolios, a video portfolio and its 2020 State of the District Event. The two Best of Category Awards included a photo entry for a drive-through graduation event last year as well as a poster campaign to highlight why students choose to remain drug-free. Other areas of excellence noted by the judges were in the areas of writing, design and social media.
The Texas School Public Relations Association is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to promoting public schools through effective communications. TSPRA, an award-winning chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), was chartered in 1962 and incorporated in 1977. With more than 900 members, TSPRA is made up primarily of public information and communications professionals who serve the public school districts and education organizations of Texas. For more information on TSPRA, visit their website at TSPRA.org.