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State of Texas
Harris County Department of Education
News Release
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

HCDE communicators honored with 38 public relations awards
from Texas School Public Relations Association

Harris County Department of Education earned 38 awards for outstanding education communications from the Texas School Public Relations Association. Representatives from Client Development, Communications and Public Information, and Technology received the awards at the 51st Annual Texas School Public Relations Association Annual Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas on Feb. 20.

This year, 983 statewide entries were judged. Forty-five categories of entries are divided into categories based on merit, including Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Gold Star. Judges reviewed highest-scoring Gold Star winners and selected Best of Category awards.

Client Development earned two Best of Category awards for a flier and an exhibit advertisement. Communications and Public Information earned a Best of Category for published press release-edited. 

In addition, Client Development earned 10 Gold Star awards and a Silver Star award.  Communications and Public Information won four Gold Star awards, 10 Silver Star awards and six Bronze Star awards.  Technology was awarded a Gold Star award and three Silver Star awards.

The Texas School Public Relations Association is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to promoting public schools through effective communications. With more than 850 members, TSPRA is comprised primarily of public information and communications professionals who serve the public school districts and education organizations of Texas.  Membership also includes superintendents, administrators, principals, web/technology/electronic media and graphic professionals, education foundation executive directors and their boards, association executive directors, school consultants, vendors, and others who support public education in the state.

About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention, and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at

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