Ruth Johnson Memorial Program Award
SDUCPTA is now accepting applications for the Ruth Johnson Memorial Program Award. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2023.
To apply, complete this online application. The application must include:
- a written description of the program (approximately 250 words)
- up to three artifacts from the program (e.g., flyers, website screenshots, photographs from the event, marketing materials).
Ruth Johnson was a lifetime PTA member, leader, mentor, and advocate for children who was passionate about creating programs that engaged students and parents. SDUCPTA’s Ruth Johnson Memorial Program Award was created in her honor to annually recognize outstanding PTA programs in San Diego Unified. Winning PTA units are given a prize of $100 to support their work in creating and continuing successful programs.
To be eligible for the Ruth Johnson Memorial Program Award, a program must meet the following requirements:
- Serves all students
- Is innovative and creative
- Offers roles for parent engagement
- Was promoted at a time convenient to families
- Is managed by a PTA unit in good standing
The following PTA programs have been awarded the Ruth Johnson Memorial Award.
2021 – Click on this link to learn more about each of these programs.
- Joyner Jaguars PTSA – WeeCARE Package
- Edward Hardy PTA – Tune Your Engine
- Barnard PTA – Science Night
Honorary Service Awards
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 their community. All funds collected with this program are used exclusively to support the California State PTA scholarship and grant programs. Download our brochure for more information.
Honorary Service Awards (HSA) are available to recognize the service and dedication of both individuals and organizations. Contributions to the HSA Program provide funds for the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Program. The recipients should be recognized for outstanding service to children and youth and are usually presented to others beyond the outgoing officers. Consider those who work behind the scenes, quietly and efficiently serving youth.
The following groups or individuals have been recognized for their dedication to the children of San Diego Unified School District.
|2021||Very Special Person||Zachary Patterson||Council Climate Chair|
|2021||Honorary Service Award||Zachary Patterson||First Student Representative on the Council PTA|
|Honorary Service Award||Mahogany Taylor||Council President|
|Very Special Person||Sarah McKnight||Council Treasurer|
|2020||Continuing Service Award||Derick Boerner||Past Council President|
|Very Special Person||Love Zubiller||Chair, Reflections|
|2019||Honorary Service Award||Kate McDevitt||SDUSD Wellness Coordinator|
|Honorary Service Award||Derick Boerner||Council President|
|Continuing Service Award||Brian Bonner||Past Council President|
|2018||Golden Oak||Barbara Peluso||Past Council President – PTA Advocate|
|Honorary Service Award||Moira Albritton||Special Ed Advocate|
|Very Special Person||Christina Abuelo||School Garden – Sherman Elementary|
|2017||Continuing Service Award||Peter “Derby” Pattengill||Past Council President|
|Honorary Service Award||Gabriela Contreras-Misirioglu||PTA member and Student Advocate|
|Honorary Service Award||SDUSD Print Services Department|
|2016||Very Special Person||Linda Zintz||PTA supporter/ SDUSD Communications Director|
|Honorary Service Award||Bea Fernandez||PTA Parent Engagement|
|Honorary Service Award||Betsy Mueller||PTA Council Leader|
|Honorary Service Award||Mick Rabin||District – Student Equity|
|2015||Honorary Service Award||Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki||Council President|
|Honorary Service Award||Laura Schumacher||Climate Action Resolution Author/ Past Council President|
|Honorary Service Award||Alliance San Diego||Non-profit supporting the community|
|2014||Very Special Person||Janet Davé||Clairemont High/ Clairemont Cluster PTA Leader|
|Honorary Service Award||Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee|