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CCSD leads state in SCNSPRA’s annual Rewards for Excellence program

RELEASE DATE: May 10, 2024

Charleston County School District (CCSD) scored a state-best 29 honors in the South Carolina Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s (SCNSPRA) 2024 Rewards for Excellence. This is the third year in a row CCSD has either tied for the most awards or led the state outright in this program.

Some highlights for CCSD include seven awards in the district-level Video category (tied for the state lead), a state-best five Rewards for Excellence in district-level Photography, the prestigious Golden Achievement for the district’s Principals Profile campaign (done in October for National Principals Month), and Orange Grove Charter School’s district record of eight awards at the school level in a single year.

SCNSPRA recognized 193 programs and projects from across the state during a ceremony on April 26, 2024, in Columbia.

Rewards for Excellence recognizes outstanding communications and public relations efforts by South Carolina schools, school districts, and education agencies and associations. Public relations veterans with extensive experience in educational and business communications evaluated 295 entries.

The program features the following three main awards categories: 

  • Medallion (for comprehensive public relations programs)
  • Golden Achievement (for a single project or an aspect of a comprehensive program)
  • Publications and Electronic Media (for individual products designed to improve communication)


The following entries from the district’s Office of Communications and a total of seven CCSD schools were honored in this year’s Rewards for Excellence program:


Golden Achievement - Principal Profiles

Excellence in Writing - Pulse of CCSD – District celebrates Richard Holmes during First Responder Month

Excellence in Writing - CCSD celebrates creation of Hispanic/Latino Affinity Group

Photography – Charleston Progressive Bike Reveal

Photography – First Day of School at Springfield 2

Photography – Laurel Hill Snow Day

Photography – Mary Ford Bike Reveal 1

Photography – Mary Ford Bike Reveal 2

Video – Black Wall Street 2023

Video – CCSD Minute - June 9, 2023

Video – CTE Month - Biomedical Sciences at West Ashley Center for Advanced Studies

Video – National Principal Profile – Amber Sainz, Julian Mitchel Elementary

Video – Spencer Quinlan - Springfield Elementary

Video – Summer Sail Program 2023

Video - Zucker Middle School kicks off new STEM approach to learning


Newsletter – Orange Grove Charter School (The Tiger’s Roar – September 2023) 

Newsletter - Orange Grove Charter School (The Tiger’s Roar – October 2023)

Newsletter – Orange Grove Charter School (The Tiger’s Roar – November 2023)

Social Media – Cooper River Center for Advanced Studies’ Facebook page

Social Media – James Island Elementary School’s Facebook page

Social Media – Mount Pleasant Academy’s Instagram account

Video - Orange Grove Charter School (5th Grade Presents Black History Month)

Video - Orange Grove Charter School (Announcing Teacher of the Year)

Video - Orange Grove Charter School (National Park Pumpkin Project)

Video - Orange Grove Charter School (Orange Grove Charter’s New Natural Gas Bus)

Video - Orange Grove Charter School (Second Grade Famous Americans)

Website - Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School

Website –  Moultrie Middle School

Website – Wando High School

“I am proud to serve alongside school communications specialists who are committed to sharing the many points of pride that make CCSD so special,” said CCSD’s Interim Executive Director of Communications, Vanessa Denney. “The SCNSPRA recognitions are a testament to the professionalism, dedication, and service of the district and school-based school communicators."

This is the third year in row CCSD picked up more than 20 awards in the SCNSPRA Rewards for Excellence program; the district earned 32 awards last year (a district record) and 21 honors in 2022.

SCNSPRA is an affiliate of the National School Public Relations Association. The state chapter is composed of over 140 school public relations practitioners, superintendents, and other educational professionals from across the state. The organization strives to foster development in the field of school public relations and to encourage meaningful community involvement in and understanding of the public school system.

Please contact the Office of Communications at (843) 937-6303 for additional information.