Superintendent of Schools Kevin Smith announced on Thursday, June 27, the Wilton Public Schools has been recognized with the National School Public Relations Association\u2019s 2019 Golden Achievement Award for the Wilton Reads program. \u201cAs far as I can tell, we were the only Connecticut school district to receive this recognition,\u201d Smith said in an email announcing the award. According to NSPRA website, the Golden Achievement Award \u201crecognizes exemplary work in school public relations efforts.\u201d It is \u201ca major recognition program for great activities.\u201d The school district worked with the Wilton Library Association in presenting this year\u2019s Wilton Reads program that focused on the Holocaust. The centerpiece was the reading of the book, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, who then visited Wilton in April. She spoke during the day to students and then in the evening to a standing-room-only crowd at Wilton Library. Leading up to Morris\u2019 appearance were several weeks of ancillary programming including book discussions, a Holocaust survivor talk, Holocaust-inspired art, a poetry seminar, documentary films, viewing of survivor accounts and a concert. The program \u2014which in the past was a community-based event \u2014\u00a0was extended this year to the public schools where students at all grade levels read books on the subject appropriate to their ages. Students in the high school read The Tattoist of Auschwitz. This was supplemented by book displays in the libraries, book discussions with parents and children, collaborations between the library and video production students, and more. "At Wilton Library, we knew that the Holocaust was an important topic for our community," Wilton Library Executive Director Elaine Tai-Lauria said. "It was just as important for us to bring the Wilton Public Schools into the discussions, the planning, the implementation and the communication. We are losing the generation that lived through it, and so it is essential to keep memories alive in the future generations.\u00a0 We were so pleased with Wilton Public Schools\u2019 interest in partnering with Wilton Library and we are delighted to be part of the Golden Achievement Award.\u201d Wilton\u2019s entry for the Golden Achievement Award was judged on: Research \u2014 Evidence of careful analysis of the need for the program, campaign or activity and stated program or activity goals. Analysis\/Planning \u2014 Evidence of thoughtful planning to address the need for the program, campaign or activity. Communication\/Implementation \u2014 Evidence that activities, including communication, were carried out as planned. Evaluation \u2014 Evidence that an evaluation component was included in plan development and carried out. Evaluation must include ways to measure success and evidence of objective evaluation in communication techniques used. Information: https:\/\/www.nspra.org\/awards\/national-school-communication-awards.