Service Award Programs

California State PTA provides Service Award Programs to honor and publicly acknowledge the outstanding community service of PTAs, our members and community partners.

In addition, California State PTA and National PTA also provide Recognition Award Programs to celebrate the achievements of PTAs, individual members and community partners and encourage the development of model PTA programs.

PURPOSE – To say 'thank you' for the outstanding service of PTA leaders, members, volunteers, teachers and community partners to children and youth

California State PTA's Service Awards Programs include the Honorary Service Awards, Local Hero Awards, PTA Teachers – Making a Difference Awards and the Legacy PTA Awards.

The Honorary Service Award (HSA) Program is especially popular because it recognizes community service in a unique and distinctive way. It is designed for PTAs to honor the dedication of individuals and organizations in their local communities for their service in benefiting students.

HSAs are a series of awards, which are available throughout the year, by application. They are presented by PTA leaders at PTA sponsored meetings or at functions of allied community groups and organizations.

Presentation of an HSA is one more way to show your appreciation as an organization for the valuable time, efforts and talents of your volunteers in supporting your PTA.


Service Award Program Awarded By 

Honorary Service Awards

Awarded year round

  • For outstanding community service by individuals and organizations
  • PTA units, councils & districts
  • How – PTAs nominate candidates and donate funds (minimum $10) to receive award certificates and may purchase pins for local recipients

Legacy Awards

Awarded annually in the Spring

  • For Milestone PTAs – 50, 60, 70, 75, 80, 90 and 100 years as PTAs
  • California State PTA
  • Recipients receive certificates and letters of congratulations from California State PTA
  • PTAs celebrating 100 years are also recognized on stage at the California State PTA convention