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SEPTA Seeks Distinguish Service Award Nominations

The Huntington School District's Special Education PTA believes that honoring those teachers and classroom aides who carry out their duties exceptionally well provides not only recognition of those deserving professionals but motivates other faculty members to carry out their responsibilities in the same superb manner.

SEPTA recently kicked-off the process of soliciting nominations for its 2012 Distinguished Service Award. The organization created the award "to recognize individuals in our district who have displayed a commitment to the success of students with special needs and their parents or guardians," according to the nomination form. "Through their dedication, creativity, and/or advocacy, they have enriched the lives of students with special needs and have assisted them in achieving their goals."

Nominees must have been employed by the district for at least a year. Any district employee or parent can submit a nomination. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, May 4 to be considered.

According to the nomination application, "nominees should demonstrate outstanding service to students receiving Special Education services and/or their parents or guardians" and "should demonstrate an interest in the field of special education by attending courses, workshops, seminars at the district and/or college level, and/or by participating in district level activities."

SEPTA will choose a maximum of two recipients to receive the coveted award, which will be presented at the annual PTA Council luncheon on Tuesday, June 5.

Those submitting applications are asked to describe how nominees interact with students and how this has made a difference for the youngsters, how the nominee has facilitated the inclusion of students in school-based activities, special qualities possessed by the nominee and how the nominee shares these special qualities with colleagues and parents.

To download the Distinguished Service Award nomination application, log onto the Huntington School District's website at www.hufsd.edu, click on the homepage tab for Resources and then on the tab Special Education and Student Support and then on SEPTA. Scroll down to Forms & Files to access the nomination application.

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