School Board Recognition Month 2020

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.

2020 proclamation

Gov. Mike DeWine has recognized January 2020 as School Board Recognition Month. Download a copy of the proclamation in PDF format. 

2020 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 Planting seeds of success, is full of ideas for honoring board members and letting the community know about their many contributions. The 2020 planning kit is now available. A large poster and personalized certificates will be mailed directly to district superintendents in late December for use at January recognition events.


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 newletter 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 2020 school board appreciation month in your community.
  • Sample school marquees (doc):Place appreciation messages on school marquees.


Use these social media graphics to show your school board appreciation during School Board Recognition Month 2020. 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.

2020 School Board Recognition Month logo: jpg or 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.