New Brunswick, NJ -- The New Jersey School Public Relations Association (NJSPRA) named The Morris School District (MSD) a winner in the 2019 School Communications Award Contest for outstanding print and electronic collateral used in educational communications programs. MSD received first place in the Special Interest Publication category for the biannual print newsletter The District.  

The newsletter is published jointly by the Morris School District and the Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) to “keep all community households informed about the exceptional people and programs that contribute to what we call ‘the Morris School District Advantage,’ which includes, of course, the wonderful partnership we have with the MEF,” said Jennifer van Frank, MSD’s Communications and Community Relations Coordinator.  Dr. van Frank and Chrissie Wetherbee, the MEF’s Associate Executive Director, accepted the award at an NJSPRA meeting on September 26; they thank Eric Schwartz of Kay Printing for the newsletter layout and Steve Tumminello of Mark Lithography for the printing.

The NJSPRA School Communication Awards were developed to recognize professional school communicators in New Jersey, and the products they develop, that go above and beyond to disseminate important messages to their various stakeholders. “Congratulations to The Morris School District for both the outstanding tool they have created for their audiences as well as setting a standard for all of us in this important field of school communications,” said Lori Perlow, Communications Manager at Camden County Educational Services Commission and president of NJSPRA. 

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The 2019 contest was the most competitive on record with 64 submissions from 34 different school districts. The video category had the most submissions which supports the need for school districts to utilize multiple channels in their communications.

The submissions for the 2019 School Communication Awards were judged by an esteemed panel of 11 judges including professors from Rowan University and other industry experts across the country.

Awards are given out in eight different categories: Marketing, Branding, Image; Newsletter; Media Relations-Human Interest; Photography; Social Media; Special Interest Publication; Video; and Website. 

For a complete list of winners, visit