Annual NCPTA Awards

The Awards program of the North Carolina PTA provides us with the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the exemplary efforts of PTA/PTSA units, councils and individuals throughout our state. Your participation in our awards program allows us to share your outstanding accomplishments with other PTAs during our annual NCPTA Convention.

You must apply online for all of these NCPTA’s awards. There are numerous ways to honor an outstanding teacher, principal, school administrator, volunteer, or your PTA. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to say “thank you” to deserving people who have contributed greatly to improving the lives of children and youth.

Eligibility
The online application site is open January 5 – March 15. Only PTA units in good standing are eligible to apply. If you have any questions please contact the NCPTA office by email at office@ncpta.org.


Outstanding Local Unit and Council Achievement Recognition

The PTA Local Unit and Council Achievement Recognitions are designed to recognize councils and local units that work to promote the mission and vision of PTA.

These achievement recognitions are based on a point system for accomplishing specific tasks and activities throughout the school year. Councils and Local Units should use this list as a guideline for goals to achieve during the school year.


Membership Enrollment Recognition Awards -Must Apply

Gold Acorn: Awarded to PTA units that have PTA membership equal to or greater than student enrollment and 100% of full-time teachers as members.

Ruby Acorn: Awarded to PTA units that have all full-time teachers enrolled as PTA members.

Silver Acorn: Awarded to PTA units who attain PTA membership equal to or greater than student enrollment.

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Annual Award Opportunities

Questions to prepare for each of the annual awards:

  1. Describe how the nominee fulfilled the purpose of this award. (500 words or less)
  2. Additional comments of support for the nominee. Please identify the source of the comments. (250 words or less)

Administrator of the Year Award: Supporting the PTA Vision
The purpose of this award is to recognize and pay tribute to a central office employee (excluding the superintendent) who has made outstanding contributions in the field of education that benefit all school families and the community. Through PTA involvement, this nominee has worked to fulfill the PTA Vision to make every child’s potential a reality. This award is open to all central office administrators.

Community Partner Award: Making a Difference
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The purpose of this award is to recognize a community partner that has collaborated with the PTA to connect students, families, and staff with a shared objective of student success.

Diversity and Inclusion Award
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The purpose of this award is to recognize and pay tribute to a PTA that is dedicated to serving the needs of all families and individuals represented in their school. This PTA supports practices and sponsors programs that are inclusive, support the under represented, and results in positive changes at their school.

Gwin G. Hughes Healthy Living Award
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The purpose of this award is to recognize and pay tribute to programs that feature advocacy and activities that enhance or create child and school health programs and encourage healthy living habits.

Heroes and Helpers Award
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The purpose of this award is to recognize and pay tribute to an individual who has helped their PTA strengthen family/school partnerships that benefit students’ success and well-being.

This award is open to teacher assistants, assistant principals, counselors, social workers, curriculum coordinators, secretaries, athletic directors, custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, media center, IT assistance, etc. Nominee must be a school employee.

Outstanding Student Service Award
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The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding contributions made by a student to the PTA in his/her school.

Outstanding Volunteer Award: Gifts of the Heart
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The purpose of this award is to recognize an exceptional and enthusiastic PTA member/volunteer. PTA officers and board members are eligible for this award. Nominee must be a non-school employee.

Principal of the Year Award: A Voice for all Children
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The purpose of this award is to recognize and pay tribute to a principal who has made outstanding contributions in the field of education that benefits students, teachers, and families through PTA involvement. This award is open to all principals.

School Nurse Award
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The purpose of this award is to recognize a school nurse for dedicated excellence to our children in school health through school nursing.

Superintendent of the Year Award: Fulfilling the PTA Vision
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The purpose of this award is to recognize and pay tribute to a central office superintendent who has made outstanding contributions in the field of education that benefit all school families and the community. Through PTA involvement, this nominee has worked to fulfill the PTA Vision to make every child’s potential a reality.

This award is open to all central office superintendents.

Teacher of the Year Award: A Champion for Children
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The purpose of this award is to recognize and pay tribute to a teacher who has made outstanding contributions in the field of education that benefits students while engaging families.

This award is open to all classroom teachers, including specialty teachers such as music, art, special needs, PE, etc. One award will be presented to a beginning teacher (teaching 1-3 years) and an experienced teacher (teaching more than 3 years).


The NCPTA Board of Directors may present additional awards.