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Jeans and Jewels was the theme of the County Council of PTA/PTSA’s Awards and Recognition Program this year. The jeans acknowledges the hard work contributed by each of the units and members;  the  jewels are symbolic according to President Jen Martinez.  “We felt the jewels reflect that each of the 58 units is a precious jewel in the fabric of our schools and community,” she stated.  “ Collectively the units are  comprised of over 14,000 PTA members who  volunteered well over 330,000 hours this year– valued at over 6 million dollars.”

The Council thanked and recognized all units for their membership and wonderful programs and events they hosted for their members.  These wonderful volunteers do not host local programs to garner recognition for themselves, but to help parents and the community realize the importance of their participation in every child’s education. 

The event is a way for the Council to say Thank you to the local units for displaying incredible teamwork and supporting the mission and purpose of PTA.  The following awards were presented (some previously announced):

Advocacy – Spanish River Community High PTSA               

Communication – Sandpiper Shores Elementary PTA      

Community Connection – Hidden Oaks Elementary PTA

Environmental – Eagles Landing Middle PTSA

Family Engagement – Sandpiper Shores Elementary PTA

Health & Safety – Del Prado Elementary PTA

Literacy – Pine Jog Elementary PTA

Spotlight – Del Prado Elementary PTA and Sandpiper Shores Elementary PTA

Superman Unit – Eagles Landing Middle PTSA

Outstanding Service Award – Sandy Roth (Del Prado Elementary PTA)    

Wellness Ambassador – Eric Stern (School District of Palm Beach)

Student Ambassador – Ian Mellul (Boca Raton High PTSA)

Student Scholarship – Setutsi Dennis (Spanish River High PTSA)

 Student Scholarship – Wallis Stormont O’Hagan (Suncoast High PTSA)

Adult Scholarship – Larry Harris (Omni Middle PTSA)

President’s Team Award – Spanish River Community High PTSA

President’s Team Award – Pine Jog Elementary PTA

President’s Team Award – Poinciana Elementary PTA     

Rising Star – Whispering Pines Elementary PTA

School Administration of the Year – Eagles Landing Middle PTSA

PTA Strong School Partnership – Del Prado Elementary PTA

PTSA Strong School Partnership – Spanish River Community High PTSA

PTA of the Year – Sandpiper Shores Elementary PTA       

PTSA of the Year – Eagles Landing Middle PTSA

Business Partnership – SimplePons

For more information and a brief description of the award winners programs please visit our website http://www.palmbeachcountypta.com/awards.html.  Join us on facebook to view the Jean and Jewels photo album https://www.facebook.com/PalmBeachCountyPTA .  If you are interested in joining the largest advocacy group for children send an email to PalmBeachCountyPTA@yahoo.com.  (Special Note: As a reminder, you do not need to have a child in school to be a member!)

About PTA

The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA is a member of the largest advocacy group for children in the nation. PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

 For more information, contact Ms. Martinez, 561-254-9513 or PalmBeachCountyPTA@yahoo.com.

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