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Awards & Competitions

Recognition Opportunity for ESP Members ~ Deadline Extended!

Each year, OEA presents the Education Support Professional Award to an OEA member whose activities reflect the contributions of education support professionals to public education. Nominations for the 2016-2017 award may be submitted by any member or local affiliate. Click here for more information and an application postmarked no later than July 31, 2016.





The 2015-2016 ESP of the Year is Della Sampsel, Mansfield School Employee Association.

Attention Custodians

Have you put into action a cleaning plan contributing to the health of your school site? Something demonstrating leadership and Collaboration with others? Yes to all? Excellent!  Now check out the following and apply ASAP.
Your “clean sweep” could be the winning ticket.

C.L.E.A.N. Award
Opportunity for custodians to apply or be nominated for the C.L.E.A.N. Awards Program to recognize their contributions to school health.
When: Applications – or nominations – due around December 1
Why: We give out five awards. Make sure your best custodians have a chance to win a cash award and an all-expense-paid trip to the National ESP Conference. Learn more at

Let’s Move! Healthy Recipes for Kids Competition

First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let's Move!” campaign, in association with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is challenging teams of school nutrition professionals and chefs to create tasty, healthy new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus across the country. Teams have until December 30th to submit their recipes. Winning teams will earn $12,000 in prizes and be invited to prepare their nutrition-packed recipes alongside White House chefs. Learn more about this healthy competition and let’s show them what school employees can do in the kitchen.

School Bus Driver ROAD-E-O

Every spring the Ohio Department of Education holds its regional and state-level School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O, a competition designed to advance and showcase area drivers demonstrating their skills and knowledge of laws and safety issues. The Road-E-O is sponsored by Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation, Ohio Department of Education Transportation Section, Ohio Education Association, and Ohio School Bus Mechanics Association. The winners from each of the nine School Bus Driver Training Regions participate in the State Road-E-O, then the top two winners from the state competition go on to the National School Bus Safety Road-E-O.

A special needs road-e-o is also held each year. This event is in its formative stages and continues to attract new teams of participants each year. Presently, this event may not be used for a driver's recertification.

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