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Individual Awards Given at the State Level and More

Each year Washington State PTA (WSPTA) may honor individual volunteers for work that goes above and beyond in service to children, by recognizing them with one of the following awards. In addition, a local PTA, council, or region may recognize individual volunteers in their community with certain of these awards as indicated below.

Friend of Children

The Friend of Children Award recognizes and honors an individual or organization whose work on behalf of children has been exemplary. This award may only be granted by the WSPTA board of directors. Recipients receive a certificate and pin.

View the list of past WSPTA Friend of Children recipients.

 

Honorary Life Membership

The purpose of the WSPTA Honorary Life Membership Award is to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the development and growth of PTA on a statewide basis. In addition, a local PTA or council may give this award to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the development and growth of the local PTA or council. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the WSPTA Scholarship Program that benefits students.

Note: Honorary Life Membership Award recipients do not receive a free membership in the PTA that gives the award; recipients of this award need to continue to purchase their own PTA membership annually.

View the list of past WSPTA Honorary Life Recipients.

 

Outstanding Advocate

In 2004, the Washington State PTA established the WSPTA Outstanding Advocate Award, a statewide volunteer recognition program to honor individuals for their continued and dedicated service to ALL children, and a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies relating to the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth. This award can also be given by a local PTA, council, or region. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the WSPTA Scholarship Program that benefits students.

View the list of past WSPTA Outstanding Advocate Recipients.

Outstanding Educator

The WSPTA Outstanding Educator Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions that enhance the education of children at the statewide level. In addition, a local PTA or council may give this award to honor outstanding educators who have made significant contributions in their community. An educator may be defined as a teacher, assistant, specialist, support staff, administrator or community member. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program that benefits students.

Note: Prior to adding the Outstanding Educator award to your standing rules, consult your school’s staff.

View the list of past WSPTA Outstanding Educator Recipients.

Application Deadline: March 1

Outstanding Service

After 30 years of success with the Golden Acorn Award program, it became apparent in 1962 that a new award was needed for councils, regions, and the Washington State PTA itself to present to individuals who have given exemplary service to children and youth. The Outstanding Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Washington State PTA. This award is presented to a volunteer who works for children and youth beyond the bounds of a job, PTA or a specific school community.

This honor goes to a person who has shown concern for ALL children and who has volunteered her or his time to help children achieve their potential. This award may not be given by a local PTA, but a local PTA can recommend a candidate to its council, region, or to the WSPTA board of directors. Recipients receive a certificate and pin and a contribution is made in their name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program that benefits students.

View the list of past WSPTA Outstanding Service Recipients.


Individual Awards Given at local PTA and council Levels Only

In addition to the above awards, local PTAs and councils may recognize individuals with the following awards:

Golden Acorn

A Golden Acorn Award is presented by a local PTA or council to a school or community volunteer in recognition of her or his dedication and service to children and youth. Since the beginning of this program in the 1930s, more than 54,000 Golden Acorn Awards have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program that benefits students.

Outstanding Student Advocate

In 2011, Washington State PTA created the Outstanding Student Advocate Award to recognize student PTA members who have made significant contributions through leadership and service in their school and community. The Outstanding Student Advocate Award may be presented by local PTAs, councils and regions. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the WSPTA Scholarship Program that benefits students.


A donation of $48 (out of the $50 cost of the above awards, $70 cost of Honorary Life Membership certificate and pin) goes directly toward the WSPTA Scholarship Program. Awards can be ordered through the WSPTA Store.