PTA Awards

Nevada PTA Awards Program


PTA leaders and members bring innovative services to our kids, to our schools, and to our communities each and every day.  Nevada PTA’s Awards Program is designed to recognize and share PTAs’ special programs and achievements, and to honor the people that help to make our schools and communities better for children.

Click HERE for the Awards Packet, which includes information about each award and how to apply for it.


Awards Application Deadline

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m.on

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Late applications will not be considered.

Submit completed applications to:

Nevada PTA

6175 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 1B, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Fax: (702) 258-7836

Please keep award guidelines in mind while you areplanningyour calendar of events for the school year. Award submissions that you send by mail must be postmarked March 1st, 2017; we highly recommend that you email your submissions to office@nevadapta.orgThis is the fastest and easiest way to submit them.

Membership Awards Applications ONLY are due to Nevada PTA on Friday, March 31st, 2017.

Purposes of PTA

  • To promote the welfare of the children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship;
  • To raise the standards of home life;
  • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth;
  • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth; and
  • To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

National PTA Standards for Family – School Partnerships

 Welcoming All Families– Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.

  1. Communicating Effectively – Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.
  2. Supporting Student Success– Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
  3. Speaking Up for Every Child– Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.
  4. Sharing Power – Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.
  5. Collaborating with Community – Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.

 Nevada PTA Achievement Awards

  • Outstanding PTA Achievement Award: Awarded to a PTA who qualifies for the Gold PTA achievement award, and has an increase in membership, 90% staff membership, and participated in four (4) National or Nevada PTA Sponsored activities.
  • Gold PTA Achievement Award: Complete three (3) activities for each of the five Purposes of PTA.
  • Silver PTA Achievement Award: Complete one (1) activity for each of the five Purposes of PTA.
  • Dixie Worden Humanitarian Award: Given to a PTA that implements an outstanding activity or program that promotes health/welfare of children.
  • Spotlight Award: Given to the PTA with the most outstanding PTA newsletter, social or multimedia message.
  • Hank Etchemendy Advocacy Award: Given to a PTA or volunteer who has championed a cause that benefits children in Nevada.
  • Male Engagement Award: Given to a PTA that worked with their school or community to increase male involvement in a way that was measurable within the school.

 Nevada PTA Special Awards

  • Nevada PTA Life Membership Award: An honorary membership purchased by a PTA as a way to honor an outstanding leader or member of their PTA
  • President Special Award Given at the discretion of the Nevada PTA President for awards that may not fit into other categories
  • Vendor of Year Award: Given at the discretion of the Nevada PTA Vice President of Resource Development.
  • Other special awards as defined by a Nevada PTA Board of Managers member may be added.

 Nevada PTA Recognition Awards

  • Ann T. Lynch Outstanding PTA Volunteer Award: Awarded to a volunteer that provides outstanding service to a school or PTA.
  • Youth Participation Award:Nominees for this award are students who are active in school and within their community,
  • Teacher of the Year Award: A Teacher who effectively promotes National Standards for Family – School Partnerships.
  • Lynel Cunningham Site Administrator of the Year: awarded to an Administrator who effectively promotes National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships
  • Bob Huwe Community Engagement Award: awarded to a PTA that worked within their community to collaborate and strengthen family-school partnerships.
  • Bob and Sandy Miller Engagement and Diversity Award:recognizes an individual or group who have committed to embracing and celebrating diversity and family engagement.
  • Debbie Smith Leader in Educational Advocacy Award: awarded to an individual in educational or governmental leadership for their commitment to PTA’s National Standards for Family Engagement.

 Nevada PTA Membership Awards

  • The Early Bird Award: Given to PTAs that make their first membership payment on or before October 29, 2016 AND the payment is for at least half of the PTA’s total members from the previous year. Only payments received in the office on or before October 29, 2016 are eligible.
  • Membership Increase: PTA that has more members for the current membership year than the previous year.
  • Membership Award: Given to 2 PTAs (one from Region 1 or 2, and one from Region 3) with the most members.
  • Building a Better Community Award: Given to PTAs that have shown that they embrace this philosophy by making it their goal to reach out to their communities and to bring in members that are neither parents, teachers, nor students, but still feel that they are stakeholders in the education and well-being of all children.
  • Men Matter Membership Award: Given to PTAs that foster a positive atmosphere for, and actively recruiting membership of, men in their PTAs.
  • 100% Membership: PTA with the same number of members as students enrolled in the PTA’s school.
  • 75% Membership: PTA whose membership is 75% or more of the number of students enrolled in the PTA’s school.
  • 100% Staff Membership: PTA whose staff PTA members is the same as the number of licensed staff at the school.
  • Nick Poulakidas Membership Promotion Award: PTA with the best membership campaign as chosen by delegates to Nevada PTA’s convention. Bring your story board to show off your hard work.


Nevada PTA Achievement Awards are based on the Purposes of PTA (as listed on page 2) and programs/events/activities that each PTA undertakes during the year. Several Achievement Awards are also associated with the promotion of the National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships (as listed on page 2). Participate in or sponsor just 1-3 programs/events/activities for each of the Purposes of PTA and your PTA will be an award-winning PTA!  It’s that easy! 

Achievement Awards are presented during the Nevada PTA Convention.

All expenses for recipients to receive their award(s) during Nevada PTA’s annual convention are the responsibility of the PTA/PTSA that made the nomination of the award recipient.  Recipients are invited to receive their award at the designated time during convention without registering to attend the full convention.

What Should Our PTA Be Doing Now?

Any PTA in good standing with their council and Nevada PTA may apply.  These awards require advance planning from the beginning of your PTA’s school year.  As you plan your PTA’s calendar, include activities that will help to accomplish the specific Purposes of PTA and that utilize at least one of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. (Suggested activities are listed on the next page.)

Units in Good Standing:

  1. Adhere to the purposes and basic policies of PTA

2.Submit Officers’ Roster

3.Send membership dues and dues remittance forms to NVPTA on a monthly basis

4.Pay insurance premiums to AIM no later than September30thof each year

  1. Training: President, treasurer and secretary must have attended training

6.Audit: Submit a copy of the completed annual PTA audit report form and final treasurer’s report to NVPTA

7.Budget: Submit a copy of the current approved PTA budget to NVPTA

8.Taxes: Submit a confirmation that taxes have been filed to NVPTA

9.Bylaws:Have bylaws updated to most recent template, reviewed and approved by NVPTA

10.Comply with IRS regulations governing 501(c)(3) organizations

11.Make all records of the local PTA available to a NVPTA representative upon request

Application Requirements

To apply for the Outstanding/Gold/Silver awards, fill out the award on pages 7& 8 and email the form and supporting documents to the Nevada PTA office at



Outstanding PTA Achievement Award

This award requires that the winning PTA: 

  • qualify for a Gold PTA Achievement Award,
  • have an overall membership increase,
  • 90% staff membership,
  • and participate in four (4) National or Nevada PTA sponsored programs/events/activities.

A detailed description is required for each activity which includes a description of how the activity met a Purpose of PTA and the purpose that was met.Be sure to include whether your PTA had membership increase and whether or not your PTA achieved 90% staff membership.

Gold PTA Achievement Awardrequires winning PTAs complete three (3) activities for each of the five Purposes of PTA.A detailed description is required for each activity, which includes a description of how the activity met a Purpose of PTA and the purpose that was met.

Silver PTA Achievement Awardrequires winning PTAsto complete one (1) activity for each of the five Purposes of PTA.A detailed description is required for each activity which includes a description of how the activity met a Purpose of PTA and the purpose that was met.


Promote the welfare of the children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship:

  • Safety: bike, traffic, fire, playground safety, protection from abuse and pornography, Safe Routes to School event, Fire Up Your Feet.
  • Health: Flu Shots, AIDS education, drug/alcohol education, eye and ear checks, child abuse education, anti-rape education, nutrition, dental care
  • Welfare: critical TV viewing, Tune Out TV Week, Earth Week, internet awareness, character education, family living, assistance (such as food, clothes, or coat drives).
  • Bullying Prevention: go to to access National PTA’s free resources including how to plan an event and parent tip sheets.

Raise the standards of home life:

  • Education: parenting, parents’ and students’ rights, multi-cultural programs, such as Every Child in Focus, bank saving programs, internet awareness, critical TV viewing

Secure adequate laws for the care/protection of children and youth:

  • Advocacy: Participate in school board meeting, legislative forum, letter campaigns, writing/supporting resolutions, Nevada PTA Convention.
  • Education: Sponsor a program about legislative issue, a candidate night, or set up a phone tree.

Bring into closer relation the home and the school that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth:

  • Programs: Take Your Family to School, open house, parent-teacher conferences, cultural art curriculum nights, programs about health issues, Three for Me
  • Cooperation: curriculum development, school improvement, bond election assistance, inclusion of teachers and other personnel, teacher appreciation, multi-lingual programs, volunteers and tracking hours during the year

Develop between educators and general public such united efforts that will secure all children/youth with the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education:

  • Partnerships: civic groups, youth groups, representation on partner organization boards.
  • Programs: Founders Day, Start the Arts Week, health day, career day, pre-school, literacy programs, cultural arts (Reflections, artists in residence, etc.) science fair, fitness programs.