DPS 109 communications team wins highest state honor


Deerfield Public School District press release:

September 17, 2021

Deerfield Public Schools District 109 communications team, as well as a Board of Trustees
Education member, several administrators and a teacher honored by Illinois
Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association with awards for their work during
the 2020-2021 school year.

The communications team won the Golden Achievement Award for Excellence, which is the
the highest distinction awarded by INSPRA and recognizes the best practices demonstrated by a
unique public relations effort or campaign, for their approach to keeping stakeholders
informed of website updates, video updates, public meetings and more.

“We are extremely proud of the hard work we have put in to maintain the entire DPS 109
informed community during an ever-changing school year. Thanks to INSPRA
and our colleagues for recognizing our work and emphasizing the value of clarity,
consistent, honest and empathetic communication, ”said Eric Steckling, Director of

The district also won an award of excellence for in-house video production for
the editing that was carried out of the 2021 graduation ceremonies for Caruso &
Shepard Colleges.

The communications team won an award of merit for the e-newsletter for the
weekly 109 Community Update newsletters they produced during the 2020-2021 school

Dr Dale Fisher, Dr John Filippi, Joanna Ford, Danielle Arnold, Scott Schwartz, Greg
Himebaugh, the communications team and Ryan Kuo, board member
received an award of merit for a special purpose publication for the
Document reopening scenarios they created at the end of summer 2020.

DPS 109 won three other merit awards for in-house video production for the
Video “Sights & Sounds of the First Week Back” produced in March 2021, “Envision Our
Future 109 “, where Mr. Simeck laid the groundwork for the mission and vision work beginning
this fall, and “Foran Traveler: Art on a Cart”, where the communications team followed
Mrs. Elizabeth Foran, art teacher at Kipling Elementary School for a day, using a
GoPro on his cart to document his travels.


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