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HCDE Communications Staff Earns 4 National School Public Relations Awards in 2018 Competition
News Release
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

June 28, 2018 Harris County Department of Education’s Communications and Creative Services division has received four National School Public Relations Association 2018 (NSPRA) Publications and Digital Media Awards.

NSPRA judged 1,061 public relations entries this year and provided 648 awards. A selection of those awards will be on display at the national conference in Anaheim, California in July.


HCDE awards are as follows:

Award of Merit for Excellence in Writing: Hurricane Harvey Photos Earn Scholastic Art & Writing Award (story by Lindsey Sanders, Communications and Creative Services coordinator)

• Award of Merit for Harris County Department of Education News Blog (Communications and Creative Services staff members Carol Vaughn, Lindsey Sanders, Daniel Villarreal and Dave Einsel)

• Honorable Mention for video Houston Mayor Turner GoPublic Message (Communications and Creative Services videographer Daniel Villarreal)

• Honorable Mention for video HCDE/Bates Collision Centers Car Giveaway (Communications and Creative Services videographer Daniel Villarreal)

Publications and Electronic Digital Awards provide recognition for district and school communication efforts in print, digital, video, audio, websites and more. NSPRA is recognized as the leader in school communication and has provided the awards for more than 50 years.

About Harris County Department of Education:  HCDE provides special education, therapy services, early education, adult education and after-school programming. Services are funded by government grants, fees and a local property tax rate of $.005195. For every dollar in local property tax collected, HCDE provides $4.40 in services to the 25 Harris County school districts. HCDE also operates four campuses for students with profound special education needs and adjudicated youth who require a low student-teacher ratio and highly structured environment. One-hundred percent of students served on HCDE campuses are at-risk. The organization is governed by an elected board of seven trustees and has 1,060 employees and 33 facilities, including 15 Head Start centers. More info at .

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