Oregon PTA Awards

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)
  • Local Leader of the Year Award
  • 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 Champion for Children Award

Oregon PTA Award Descriptions, Criteria and Applications:

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 below, 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): Every PTA should give a LUV Award to a volunteer each year!  The Oregon PTA Local Unit Volunteer (LUV) Award is designed to recognize the importance of volunteers and the services they provide within their local PTAs.  The recipient of this award should demonstrate exceptional service to your PTA and be a member of your PTA.  Each PTA may give only one LUV Award each year.  The LUV Award Notification Form shall be submitted to  Oregon PTA by March 1st.  

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.

Local Leader of the Year Award: Awarded to an outstanding local unit or council board member who has shown exceptional leadership skills and integrity in contributing to the unit's success.  Each local unit or council may submit one nominee using the Service Award Application. 

Unit of Excellence Award: Presented to the local unit which exemplifies Oregon PTA mission and values.  Must be a unit in good standing by November 30th.  Units may nominate themselves or each council president or region director may nominate one unit for consideration.  One winner will be selected by the Oregon PTA Awards Committee and will be recognized at the Oregon PTA Annual Conference and Convention. 

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 AwardLocal 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. Nomination requires Teacher of the Year Application completed by a PTA leader, plus recommendations from a principal, student, fellow staff member, community member, and parent. Local units or councils may submit one nominee. Oregon PTA board members may also submit nominations.

Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award: The Honorary Life Achievement Award is one of the highest honors a PTA unit or council 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, or be well known beyond their own area of service.  There is a $25 application fee, which is given to the Oregon PTA Teacher Education Scholarship (TES) Fund.  A Life Achievement pin is also available for an additional $25.  The Life Achievement Award application is available through the Oregon PTA Office.  

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.

Oregon PTA Champion for Children Award: Awarded to an individual at a local unit who has done exceptional work in advocating for children through service in their area.  They do not have to be a PTA member.  Each local unit or council may submit one nominee using the Service Award Application. 


National PTA Awards:

Phoebe Apperson Award: The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award for innovation in family engagement, named after National PTA co-founder Phoebe Apperson Hearst, recognizes and celebrates achievement in building effective family-school partnerships. The awards are presented to PTAs that have earned the National PTA School of Excellence designation and demonstrated outstanding success engaging families in student success and school improvements. This award is the highest honor National PTA presents for effective family engagement.

Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award: The purpose of the Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award is to recognize PTAs that are dedicated to the needs of all families represented in their schools. The award acknowledges PTAs for developing practices which are inclusive and equal for all families and result in positive change.

National PTA School of Excellence Certification: This program provides schools with tools to assess and enhance their commitment to parent involvement based on PTA's National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs. After completing the assessment process and submitting an application, a school which meets the parent involvement standards and provides supporting documentation becomes certified as a Parent Involvement School of Excellence. Other schools can use the assessment process to develop a blueprint for improving their parent involvement practices and policies.

More information may be found on National PTA awards and programs at www.pta.org.