Oregon PTA takes great pride in recognizing units and individuals for their work and dedication to further PTA’s Mission and Values. Recognizing units and individuals for their efforts and accomplishments inspires others to take action, builds excitement and creates positive press for the PTA. You will find more information and applications for nomination in Chapter 9 and Chapter 10 of the Leader’s Guide
Oregon PTA Service Awards
- Local Unit Volunteer Award (LUV)
- Student Service Awards: Primary (K-5), Intermediate (6-8), High School (9-12)
- Unit of Excellence Award
- Program of the Year Award
- Communication Award
- Oregon PTA Teacher of the Year Award
- Oregon PTA Classified Staff Hero of the Year Award
- Honorary Lifetime Achievement Awards
- Oregon PTA Advocate for Children Award
- Oregon PTA Membership Awards- see descriptions
- Oregon PTA Leadership Awards- see descriptions
Award Descriptions and Criteria:
Local units are encouraged to participate in any of the awards below. Once the local unit chooses a recipient for each of their awards they should fill out the application, found in Chapter 10 of the Leader’s Guide, and send it to the Oregon PTA office. The applications will be considered by the Oregon PTA Board of Directors Awards Committee for State recognition at the Annual Leadership Conference Awards Dinner in April.
Local Unit Volunteer Award (LUV): Local Units/Councils may choose one volunteer as the Local Unit Volunteer of the Year, due to their dedication and outstanding contribution to their local school success.
Student Service Awards: Local Units/Councils may submit one nominee from each of the following grade level categories. This is awarded to K- 12 grade students or student groups that make an important contribution to their community; including community projects, charity work and advocacy.
Unit of Excellence Award: This award is presented to the PTA unit that exemplifies the Oregon PTA’s mission to improve the lives of Oregon’s children. This unit will have creative programs, increased membership, family involvement projects, community service, multiple successful service programs, exceptional communication, and use of social media. Must be a unit in good standing. Nominations come from Council Presidents or Region Directors.
Program of the Year Award: Local Units/Councils may submit one project/program for consideration. This award will be presented to the local unit that submits an outstanding program or project that focuses on one or more of the following areas: parent involvement, education, health and safety, cultural or performing arts or community service. Must be a unit in good standing.
Communication Award: Local Units/Councils may submit for consideration recognition for excellence in publicizing PTA involvement via their newsletter, social media, and/or website.
Oregon PTA Teacher of the Year: Local Units may nominate a Teacher that does an exceptional job of supporting their local PTA. Each unit may submit one nominee. Nomination requires PTA leader, Principal, student and fellow staff member recommendations.
Oregon PTA Classified Staff Hero of the Year: Local Units may nominate any Classified Staff Member that exhibits that goes above and beyond their job description to help students and families at our schools. Classified staff includes: secretaries, nurses, custodial personnel, cafeteria staff, bus drivers, playground aides and teaching assistants.
Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is available to Local Units and Councils. An Honorary Life Achievement Award is one of the highest honors PTA can bestow upon an individual. The honored person is usually someone who has served as an advocate for children in such areas as education, health, safety, or legislation. The honoree need not be a member of a local unit, nor be well known beyond their own area of service. Life Achievement Award applications are available by contacting the Oregon PTA Office. The $25 application fee is placed in Oregon PTA’s Teacher Education Scholarship (TES) fund.
Oregon PTA Advocate for Children Award: Local Units/Councils may submit one nominee for this award. This award is given to a public figure or servant that exemplifies the values and goals of the Oregon PTA by making significant impact on the city, county and state issues involving education, child health/welfare and/or family issues. Please see the nomination form for additional information.
Early Bird Award: Awarded to the units that post membership and remit member dues to Oregon PTA by September 30th.
Membership Stability Award: Awarded to units that have paid membership equal to the previous year memberships total by January 1st.
State President’s Challenge Award: Awarded to units that attain Local Unit in Good Standing requirements by November 30th, maintain or increase previous year’s membership and submit membership lists and fees for all months September through February.
Phoenix Award: Awarded to any PTA unit that grows from ZERO members in the previous year to having paid memberships for this year and they are in good standing by January 1st.
Membership Growth Awards:
Bronze Level: Awarded to units that have increased paid membership by 25% over the previous year’s total membership by March 1st.
Silver Level: Awarded to units that have increased paid membership by 50% over the previous year’s total membership by March 1, 2015
Gold Level: Awarded to units that have increased paid membership by 75% over the previous year’s total membership by March 1, 2015
Platinum Level: Awarded to units that have increased paid membership by 100% over the previous year’s total membership by March 1, 2015
Unit/Council Gold Star Award: This award recognizes all PTA units and Councils that complete their Unit in Good Standing requirements by November 1st (earlier than the expected deadline).
Unit in Good Standing Certificate: This award recognizes PTA units and Councils that complete all of documentation required by the IRS and the Department of Justice and for affiliation with PTA will receive an annual certification from Oregon PTA.
National PTA Awards:
Phoebe Apperson Hearst- National PTA Innovation in Family Engagement Award: Named for one of PTA’s founders, this award recognizes a local PTA for its collaborative efforts with parents, educators, and community members in ongoing programs that encourage student success.