Honorary Service Award
The Honorary Service Award Program is a series of awards that PTAs may apply for to recognize the community service of their individual volunteers and the valued service of organizations that are their community partners.
The program offers four, distinctive types of awards:
- Very Special Person Award (VSP) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for their service to PTA.
- Honorary Service Award (HSA) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for outstanding service to children and youth in your community, going above and beyond what is asked of them.
- Outstanding Teacher Award (OTA) – This award is given to recognize a teacher for outstanding service to children and youth through our PTSA, school or community.
- Continuing Service Award (CSA) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for ongoing or long-time service to children and youth, providing support year after year.
- Golden Oak Service Award (GOSA) – This award is given to recognize, as the most prestigious of the Honorary Service Awards, an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school or community.
- Remember those who work behind the scenes, quietly and efficiently serving youth. Does their example shine above the rest?
- Consider staff members that go above and beyond, outside of their paid routine assignments. Do they host after-school activities/clubs on their own time? Do they volunteer and participate in PTSA and/or other beneficial community activities that involve the students?
- Think of teachers & administrators who have provided an exceptional learning environment for our students and go beyond the normal expectation of their jobs to make learning fun, beneficial and challenging.
- Reflect on community partners and businesses that support the activities our school, PTSA, or council. Remember those in the community who have given selflessly to our youth; such as coaches, custodians, bus drivers, and organizers of youth-oriented programs, etc.
- Consider individuals or organizations outside the PTSA community that work to improve the lives of children. Recognize that “it takes a village” to raise a child.
- Keep in mind, the HSA awards are a very high honor and should not be given because of a standing tradition.