School Board Recognition Month 2021 logo

Celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January

January is a great time to celebrate your hard-working school board members and educate the public about the important role that a school board plays in our communities and schools. Although showing appreciation should be a year-round process, taking advantage of the designated School Board Recognition Month ensures that these important people receive some of the thanks they deserve.

2021 School Board Recognition Month proclamation by Gov. DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted have recognized January 2021 as School Board Recognition Month. Download a copy of the proclamation in PDF format.

2021 School Board Recognition Month planning kit

Each year, OSBA prepares a School Board Recognition Month tool kit to help districts recognize their local board members. The kit, centered on the theme Building the future of public education, is full of ideas for honoring board members and letting the community know about their many contributions. The 2021 planning kit will be available in mid-December. A large poster and personalized certificates will be mailed directly to district superintendents in late December for use at January recognition events.

Submit information on how your district honors its board members by Feb 10!

District recognitions will be featured in the Journal magazine and on OSBA’s website. Submit news and photos of your district’s recognition activities by Feb. 10 to be included in the Journal and on OSBA's website. You also can send those to Angela Penquite at or mailed to her at 8050 N. High St., Ste. 100, Columbus, OH 43235. 

Sample materials

  • Sample news release and article (doc): Customize on district letterhead and send to local media. Use the article in a community newspaper, your district newsletter or as a blog post.
  • Sample editorial (doc): Customize this editorial to submit for your local news media or post on your district website.  
  • Sample proclamation (doc): Encourage the mayor’s office to declare January 2021 school board appreciation month in your community.
  • Sample school marquees and social media messaging (doc):Place appreciation messages on school marquees and social media.


Use these social media graphics to show your school board appreciation during School Board Recognition Month 2021. Remember to use #SchoolBoardMonth on Twitter and Instagram to share how your district is celebrating!

To use one of the images:

  1. Select the image or link.
  2. Right-click and save the full-size image to your computer.

2021 School Board Recognition Month logo: jpg • png • pdf

To use one of the images:

  1. Select the image.
  2. Right-click and save the full-size image to your computer.

Facebook cover image

Use this Facebook cover photo during the month of January to show appreciation for your school board.


 Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram image

Use this square image on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to show appreciation for your school board. Don’t forget to use #SchoolBoardMonth.