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Friends of Education Award

The Friends of Education Award was established by the Board of Education to recognize and show appreciation to those who have made exemplary contributions to Howard County public education and to increase awareness of the importance of community involvement to the achievement of the school system’s Strategic Call to Action plan. Any Howard County resident or non-profit group, organization, association, or business located in or serving Howard County who has not already been a recipient, may be nominated for the award.

Friends of Education Award

Who Does the Award Recognize?

The Friends of Education Award recognizes an individual, business, or non-profit group, organization, or association for an innovative or unique contribution that:


Nominations for the 2021 Friends of Education are being accepted through February 8, 2021.

Who May Nominate?

Any employee of the Howard County Public School System, Howard County resident or member of a group, organization, association or business located in or serving Howard County may submit a nomination.

What is Required for Nomination?

A complete Friends of Education Award application and three current signed letters of recommendation are required to submit a nomination. Nominators can obtain the required application by contacting the Executive Assistant to the Board of Education 410-313-1584 or completing the application online.

Nomination Deadline

Completed nomination applications are due by February 8, 2021 to:

Nominees and recipients will be notified by March 15, 2021, and awards will be presented during the April 15, 2021, Board of Education meeting.

2020 Award Recipients

The Nora Project

The Nora Project offers a curriculum that enhances empathy, normalizes difference, demystifies disability and supports creating an environment where everyone can feel included. First grade students at Fulton Elementary participate in The Nora Project with Cedar Lane School students.

Ms. Terri Jones

An HCPSS parent, Ms. Jones has shown exceptional dedication by supporting Homewood Center’s annual Recycled Treasure Sale, which enables Homewood students to select donated holiday gifts to give to their loved ones. Jones serves as a true champion for the event, spending countless hours acquiring donations, attracting volunteers, generating interest and more.

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2020 Friends of Education recipients posing with award