D228 Receives 7 INSPRA Awards

D228 Receives 7 INSPRA Awards

Congratulations INSPRA Award Winners

The Illinois Chapter of the National School PR Association (INSPRA) had awarded Bremen High School District 228 seven Distinguished Service Awards.

The INSPRA Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually to individuals from across the state who partner with their district's communications office and serve as ambassadors for public education.

Individuals are typically nominated by a school district's Communications Director or the Superintendent. Those who are nominated for a Distinguished Service Award are individuals who the district believes are a valued asset to the community and an exemplary ally to public relations efforts.

Every school district in the state of Illinois may submit one nomination in nine categories which include:

-ADMINISTRATOR: superintendents, associate/assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, directors, coordinators, and other licensed or non-licensed staff members who function in administrative roles
-FACULTY/LICENSED STAFF: teachers, counselors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other licensed school service personnel
-SUPPORT STAFF: aides, bus drivers, crossing guards, maintenance/custodial personnel, food-service staff, paraprofessionals, administrative assistants, or other support staff
-TEAM: two or more individuals who worked together to complete a single project or activity
This is not the first time District 228 has received an INSPRA Distinguished Service Award. Last year the district took home six awards.

"Public relations is a team effort," says Jamie Bonnema, District 228 Public Relations Specialist. "The individuals who win these awards are going above and beyond to serve our district and our community in impactful ways. My job is easy when I'm working alongside great people."

This year's District 228 Distinguished Service Award recipients include:

Award of Excellence, Team Member Category - Amanda Chelepis, Sarah Bogard, Terry Stephens, and Jessica Rucinski for the Bremen High School Food Drive.

Award of Excellence, Faculty/Licensed Staff Category - Marty Coyle for building desks for students during the pandemic.

Award of Excellence, Community Member Category - Ben Desnoyers for his work with the Tinley Park Progress and the school district.

Award of Merit, Administrator Category - Dr. Jim Boswell for his work in advancing the district's technology capabilities and addressing the district's technology needs (especially while in the middle of a pandemic!)

Award of Merit, Parent Category
- Shawn Burgher for her development of the D228 Adopt a Senior program.

Award of Merit, Student Category - Chloe Shapkauski for her work with the BDTV228 Sports Multimedia Program.

Award of Merit, Support Staff Category - Officer Duffin for his work with Bremen High School students and the Circle Book Club.

Typically winners are celebrated at a formal award ceremony and luncheon hosted by INSPRA. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the recipients will be celebrated formally this year via the INSPRA Facebook page.

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