District Honored by Arizona School Public Relations Association

District Honored by Arizona School Public Relations Association
April 2012- Glendale Union High School District and various supporters of the district were celebrated at the Arizona School Public Relations Association’s 2012 Superintendents’ Luncheon and ASPRA*tions Awards. The luncheon, held this year at the East Valley Institute of Technology, honors the state’s superintendents, school communications professionals, and education advocates.

Two organizations and one government official were honored by ASPRA for their contributions to education after being nominated for an award by GUHSD: Washington Street Foundation, Glendale Rotary Club, and Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates.

Barry Libman and IvyThe Washington Street Foundation was founded by Mr. Barry Libman as a way to provide outstanding enrichment opportunities and resources to promising young people who would otherwise not have the chance to experience the cultural, academic and leadership development activities in which the foundation is engaged. Students begin their partnership with the Washington Street Foundation in middle school and continue on through college. The students work with strong mentors, attend a variety of events, and simultaneously build their academic, personal, social and leadership skills so that they can emerge as successful community members positioned to truly make a difference. Mr. Libman has personally reached out to both Washington Elementary School District and Glendale Union High School District to strengthen connections for the benefit of the students. There is strong articulation and effective collaboration to reach mutual goals. The Washington Street Foundation is a prime example of a community organization that does not duplicate the work of the schools, but rather enhances, supports, and complements them. Mr. Libman and Ivy Mays accepted the award on the organization's behalf.

Walter Chaney and Dan GermondFor the past five decades, the Glendale Rotary Club has contributed to its local high schools by providing equipment and resources to help the teachers enhance the students’ learning capabilities. In addition to helping the overall programs at the schools, the club recognizes a student from each school at each monthly meeting for their academic achievements and service to the community. The club supports leadership development for students at summer camps and recognizes teachers with various awards. Glendale Union High School District has appreciated the Glendale Rotarians for their assistance to its schools. Their motto “service before self” is practiced through all the support they provide. Club President Walter Chaney and Dan Germond accepted the award on the club's behalf.

Councilman Bill GatesPhoenix City Councilman Bill Gates is a true friend of Glendale Union High School District. Councilman Gates works with each of the school districts within District 3, reaching out to students, community members, and school leaders. Examples of his outreach and involvement with Glendale Union High School District include his meetings with student council presidents each year, his recognition of the state championship girls’ volleyball team from Sunnyslope High School at a Phoenix City Council meeting, and his presentations on campus to our senior government classes.  Councilman Gates includes information about GUHSD activities in his regular e-mail to his constituents, helping community members stay informed about the events at their local high schools. Additionally, through the efforts of Councilman Gates’ office, Sunnyslope and Thunderbird were able to receive special school crossing signals, signage, and markings that allow hundreds of students to cross busy streets more safely on their way onto campus. Councilman Gates is the government official all public schools dream of - with heart, soul and resounding voice in support of the local schools in the state. GUHSD values the time and effort he devotes to reaching all segments of the community for the benefit of the students.

The GUHSD community relations office also took home three awards, one award of excellence and two awards of distinction. The office was given the award of excellence for its successful promotion of Future Freshman Night. Awards of distinction were received by the office for a promotional video created to highlight the district’s academics, athletics, and extra-curricular programs and for the district’s tax credit campaign, which helped the district see a 10% increase in tax credit contributions this year. Administrator of Community Relations Kim Mesquita, Ashley Hyman, and Sandy Geminiani accepted the awards for the department.

GUHSD is proud to recognize the acknowledgement of each of the individuals mentioned above for their contributions to the district and education in general.