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KCSD communications efforts recognized in 2022 state awards program

May 13, 2022

KCSD communications efforts recognized in 2022 state awards programThe Kershaw County School District (KCSD)’s communications efforts have again been recognized at the state level with 19 school and district awards including two “Best in Show” honors in a statewide educational communications contest.

The South Carolina Chapter of the National Public Relations Association’s (SC/NSPRA) 2022 Rewards for Excellence program honors communications efforts by South Carolina schools, school districts, education agencies and associations. SC/NSPRA awarded 119 communication plans, projects, initiatives and programs in the program.

“Good communication is the foundation for strong relationships between our schools and families as well as our schools and the community, ” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “These state awards show that our employees' efforts to go 'above and beyond' with communication are making significant, positive impacts."  

The Rewards for Excellence Program features three awards programs: Medallion (for comprehensive public relations programs), Golden Achievement (for a single project or an aspect of a comprehensive program), and Publications and Electronic Media (for individual products designed to improve communication). “Best in Show” awards are given to the top-scoring entry in each category in the Golden Achievement and Publications and Electronic Media programs.

KCSD “Best in Show” award winners included Blaney Elementary School’s (BES) Wildcat Weekly newsletter and Lugoff-Elgin High School’s (LEHS) ACE Brochure. In addition, BES was recognized for its Facebook page while LEHS’ infographic for its AP Capstone Application Announcement was also honored.

KCSD’s website was one of only two district websites recognized. The school district was also honored for its Facebook page and received a Special Purpose Publication award for its school communications teams training. 

KCSD received five of only 23 Golden Achievement awards given including honors for its Teacher of the Year Program, Teacher Forum and Governor’s Roundtable. Two schools won Golden Achievement Awards for their outstanding programs: North Central Elementary School for its New Chapter in Our Community: Opening a New School and Leslie M. Stover Middle School for its Prisma Breast Cancer Walk.

Other school-level awards included:

  • Camden Elementary School’s The Colt Chronicles newsletter
  • Camden Elementary School’s Facebook page
  • Continuous Learning Center's Facebook page
  • Doby’s Mill Elementary School’s Insightful Interactions on social media
  • Lugoff-Elgin Middle School’s Facebook page
  • Pine Tree Hill Elementary School's photos: Exploding Pumpkins and Fall Leaves
Photo Caption: Front Row: (left to right): Markeita Barber, Pine Tree Hill Elementary School; Valerie West, Camden Elementary School; Kara Matney, Stover Middle School; Michelle Johnson, Stover Middle School; Lynley Jones-Blankenship, Continuous Learning Center; Wendy Blair, District Office; Nicole Kirkley, Blaney Elementary School; Abby Spitzer, North Central Elementary School; and Heather Jackson, Pine Tree Hill Elementary School. Back Row (left to right) Beth Jeffers, Camden Elementary School; Emily Baccomo, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School; Gene Cameron, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School; Mary Anne Byrd, District Office; Nicky Templar, District Office; Julie Putnam, District Office and Britt Gardner, North Central Elementary School.  Not pictured: Matia Goodwin, Camden Elementary School and Robin Sowell, North Central Elementary School.  
Mary Anne Byrd