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Anoka-Hennepin collects national awards for excellence in communication

National School Public Relations Association Excellence Award(07/03/2024) Anoka-Hennepin’s efforts to inform and engage students, staff and community members has been recognized as some of the nation’s best. 

The district’s communication and public relations team earned three awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), which is a professional organization for public and private school districts and post-secondary institutions from around the country. 

Anoka-Hennepin received excellence awards in the Newsletter and Video categories. 

  • Focusing on efficiencies: The Back-to-School FOCUS (2023-24) e-newsletter includes key information to help families prepare for the new school year. A shift from a print to an electronic format saved money and increased access to information through language translation and accessibility options.

  • Inspiring teamwork: The back-to-school video, The Power of Purpose, introduced new Superintendent Cory McIntyre to the Anoka-Hennepin community - while noting that great moments, great opportunities and miracles happen in schools each day.

The district also received an award of merit in the Video Series category.

Spotlight on elementary schools: The Elementary School Spotlight video series gives viewers a snapshot of activities inside the school and introduces the school principal to build connections and understanding of each school’s culture. View the library of school videos on the district’s YouTube channel.

Anoka-Hennepin’s four-member communication and public relations team includes Jim Skelly, executive director; Heather Peters, assistant director; Tim Evans, communication specialist; and Jessica Sauro, communications assistant.