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Service Awards honor excellence

Show your appreciation for dedicated volunteers, professionals and groups with our PTA service-awards recognition program.

HONORARY SERVICE AWARDS SPOTLIGHT ACHIEVEMENTS

Honorary Service Awards are awarded throughout the year and designed as a unique way for PTA units, councils and districts to publicly acknowledge both individuals and organizations for outstanding community service to children and youth in a community. All funds collected with this program are used exclusively to support the California State PTA scholarship and grant programs. Download our brochure featuring more information.

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This program offers six distinctive types of awards:

  • Very Special Person Award (VSP) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for their service to PTA. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $15 or more by a PTA unit, council or district. PTAs may also purchase a VSP service pin at an additional cost.
  • Honorary Service Award (HSA) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for outstanding service to children and youth in your community, going above and beyond what is asked of them. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $30 by a PTA unit, council or district in the name of the recipient. PTAs may also purchase a HSA service pin at an additional cost.
  • Continuing Service Award (CSA) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for ongoing or long-time service to children and youth, providing support year after year. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $30 by a PTA unit, council or district in the name of the recipient. PTAs may also purchase a CSA service pin at an additional cost.
  • Outstanding Teacher Award (OTA) – This award may be given to recognize a teacher for outstanding service to children and youth through PTA, school, or community. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $30 by a PTA unit, council or district in the name of the recipient. PTAs may also purchase a OTA service pin at an additional cost.
  • Outstanding Administrator Award (OAA) – This award may be given to recognize an administrator for outstanding service to children and youth through PTA, school, or the community. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $30 by a PTA unit, council or district in the name of the recipient. PTAs may also purchase a OAA service pin at an additional cost.
  • Golden Oak Service Award (GOSA) – This award is given to recognize, as the most prestigious of the Honorary Service Awards, an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school or community. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $60 by a PTA unit, council or district in the name of the recipient. PTAs may also purchase a GOSP service pin at an additional cost.

In addition, In Memoriam or Tribute Donations awards are issued when donations of $10 or more are made by PTAs or by individuals in tribute to a person, a group or in memoriam.

  • Donations are another way to make a financial contribution to California State PTA; honor an individual for service; as a tribute to a person who has already received an HSA; as a tribute to an organization or group of people for service given; or, in memoriam.
  • Donors may specify the use of the funds by California State PTA for scholarships, grants, leadership outreach or another area of their choice on the application form, In Memoriam or Tribute Donation.
  • An acknowledgment card or a certificate suitable for framing, as requested, will be issued in the name of the recipient

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Awards may be purchased online at any time.

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You may also complete a hard-copy order form, downloadable in English.

When making a donation in memoriam or tribute in the name of an individual or organization, please use the specific In Memoriam or Tribute Donation Form.

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LEGACY AWARDS RECOGNIZE UNITS’ LONGSTANDING DEDICATION

Each spring, California State PTA recognizes PTA units, councils and districts achieving a special, anniversary milestone as a chartered PTA association.

When unit, council and district PTAs in good standing reach these special milestones, they are recognized as Legacy PTAs with a certificate issued by California State PTA:

  • 50 years chartered as a PTA
  • 60 years chartered as a PTA
  • 70 years chartered as a PTA
  • 75 years chartered as a PTA
  • 80 years chartered as a PTA
  • 90 years chartered as a PTA
  • 100 years chartered as a PTA

A Legacy PTA receives a recognition certificate and letter of congratulations from California State PTA, a Legacy PTA ribbon for convention attendees and recognition at convention for this milestone accomplishment Awardees that have reached their 100th anniversary as a PTA association are invited to send two representatives to the California State PTA convention to be recognized on-stage and presented with their Legacy PTA certificates by the California State PTA president.