Presenta Plaque to Your Hero

Honor an Educator During National Educators Week

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 02, 2017 | No Comments

The National Education Association (NEA) – American Education Week is coming up November 13-17, 2017. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate public education and recognize those individuals who make a difference in educating children.

A Presenta Plaque is a great way to recognize these teachers and other professionals. Buy a box or two and distribute the plaques to all of the outstanding people who make a difference at a child’s school.

Even though the occasion is only a couple of weeks away, we can get your plaques to you if you order right away. Normal ground shipping takes five days.

Below is the theme for this year’s celebration. Make sure to get enough Presenta Plaques to honor those special people every day of the week.

◦ Monday, November 13, 2017: Kickoff Day

◦ Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Parents Day

◦ Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Education Support Professionals Day

◦ Thursday, November 16, 2017: Educator for a Day

◦ Friday, November 17, 2017: Substitute Educators Day

The first American Education Week was observed on December 4-10, 1921. It came about since it was discovered during World War I, 25-percent of the country’s draftees were illiterate. So, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to brainstorm ideas to generate public support for education.

In 1921, the NEA in Des Moines, Iowa called for designating one week each year to spotlight public education in all communities. It’s always celebrated the week before Thanksgiving.

What are you waiting for? Order a box of Presenta Plaques today and honor that special educator!

Remember that Special Someone with a Presenta Plaque on Veterans Day!

by Adam Solender | on Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

Veterans Day is right around the corner, Saturday, November 11, 2017. It’s not too late, though, to order a box or two of Presenta Plaques to honor your heroes.

Our company works with large federal agencies such as the White House,  Department of Defense and the U.S. Secret Service. So, if you work in a government agency or a branch of the military, we can certainly help you with your needs in supplying plaques for those you wish to honor.

If you’re a business owner, a Presenta Plaque is a great way to show veterans at your company how much you appreciate their service. Why not have a short ceremony for the whole staff where you can present a plaque to a veteran?

Imagine the expression on your employees’ faces when everyone gathers around to see them accept a plaque for their service! Our plaques are relatively inexpensive but the impact they have comes out to a much greater value.

Presenta Plaque does not do engraving but rather sells plaques where you can slip a certificate into. 

If you’re wondering what wording to include on a military plaque, you obviously want to start with the name of the individual including the rank and call sign (if applicable). Be extra careful to make sure capitalization, abbreviation and spelling is correct.

Next, include the organization name such as the department, squadron, battalion or team. If you’re giving the plaque during a recognition ceremony, then go ahead and put the date you’re giving it to the military member. Or you can write the dates of service. If you know of a significant contribution the service member made you can include that, too.

You can also include a slogan from the branch of the military the person served in and include a complimentary quote of appreciation.

We’re a veteran-owned business so we’re glad to help you with any of your needs!

Plaques to Honor Our Military Men and Women

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 16, 2016 | No Comments

This month we celebrated Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.  One celebrated the lives of those who fought so hard to preserve our freedom and rights.  The other is to celebrate all that you are thankful for in your life.  During these times there is a simple project that you can do to honor anyone you choose to.

For example, let’s take the mayor of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  He wanted to do whatever he could to pay tribute to some of the men and women who fought for this country.  Specifically those who are housed in a assisted living center in his town.  Yes, he could have easily made a donation or just supplied them a meal, but the mayor decided to take it a step further.  For each of those military members he found out something special about them.   He wrote is up with a photograph attached and presented their special story inside a plaque.  Each of these men and women were presented their plaque at a special ceremony that took place in that assisted living center.  Some of them contained a newspaper article that was written about them.  Others got a collage of photos with the special story put together.  Regardless of what they received these men and women were grateful.   It proved to them that there are people who care for them and it gave them a memento to remind them of the day and the events involved.

This simple gesture is something that you can do yourself.  Nearly every community has an assisted living center or retirement village.  Go in there and learn about your neighbors.  Sit with them, hear their stories and be inspired by them.  Take the time to let them share photos with you.  From there sit down and write down what you learned.  Add photos to whatever you write about them.  Presenta Plaque has the perfect way to get that gift back to them.  Our plaque kits are not only pretty to look at but they are easy to assemble.  Once it is put together go back and present it to them.  It doesn’t have to be in a ceremony like the mayor of Chippewa Falls did, it can be through a personal interaction, just to show these people you care.

This doesn’t have to just be a Veteran’s Day project.  Take Thanksgiving for example.  A lot of people are hosting family and friends in their home.  Why not make a plaque that will not only serve as a place setting, but as a token of appreciation as well.  Perhaps you are hosting your parents, grandparents, nieces and nephews or even some friends.  In a day where social media is prominent there is plenty of access for people to get their hands on pictures and memories of these individuals.  Put together a collage of memories.  Add their name to the top and place it once again in one of our kits.  Place these plaques where they will be seated.  They will act as not only a place card, but they can help stimulate dinner conversation.  People will want to share their plaque and tell stories about the memories.  At the end of the evening they can take them home and it is a memento of the evening.  A sweet parting gift that was easy to make.

These plaques can be quite simple to put together and our kits are the perfect way to do it.  Check out our website for plaque options and order yours today!

 

Rewarding Community Heroes

by Presenta Plaque | on Sep 29, 2014 | No Comments

When we hear the word hero, it’s easy to remember the characters we see on movies and in comic books. In the past couple of years, Hollywood has made superheroes (the mythical ones) the be-all and end-all of pop culture and every kid’s hero. While giving kids a figure with exemplary values to look up to is fantastic in its own sense, why not teach kids to look up to real life heroes?

 

Some of the most inspiring people for kids to applaud can be found not too far from your own home, right in your community and the best way to say thanks is with a little recognition.

 

Just Say Thank You

Firefighters, police officers and paramedics can sometimes be found while off duty in your community. You run into them at grocery stores, grabbing lunch or even when you are in need of their help. You’d be surprised how many people don’t take the time to say thanks. After a long day on the job, a simple “thanks for what you do” can mean a lot to someone.

 

Pay it Forward

You’ve probably heard of paying it forward a lot recently. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s the ideology of making a random act of kindness for someone who hasn’t necessarily done something for you but deserves it. There are many ways to pay it forward in your community; here are just a few of them:

–          Take care of the bill for an officer or other important community member you recognize.

–          Drop off some donuts and coffee or other snacks to a police station with a ‘thank you’ note.

–          Get together with a local school and arrange for a “letters from the community” project and mail these to them. It will be an unexpected but pleasant surprise.

 

Extend the Invitation

 

Next time you have a community event such as a carnival or open house of some sort, send out an invitation to local police and fire stations. If some of them agree to stop by, treat them to snacks and beverages and be sure to thank them for making the community a safer place.

 

Look for Heroes Everywhere

 

Remember: they don’t necessarily have to be in uniforms to be heroes. There are plenty of teachers and community leaders we should remember to recognize. If you know a local hero who deserves some recognition, head to https://www.presentaplaque.com/ and order one of our made in the U.S.A. plaque kits for your own certificate.

Dixon Golf Named Presenta Plaque to Your Hero’s August Recipient!

by Presenta Plaque | on Aug 24, 2012 | No Comments

Every month,  the team at Presenta Plaque is always thrilled to be able to recognize amazing organizations in our community that focus much of their efforts on giving back and donating to charity. Last month we named law firm Snell and Wilmer as the July winner. Read more about their story here.

This month, we are pleased to announce that Tempe-based golf manufacturer, Dixon Golf, is the recipient of our August Presenta Plaque to Your Hero campaign! Dixon Golf is the world’s only manufacturer of a high performance, eco-friendly family of golf balls. Borne from a desire to limit its impact on the environment, Dixon also offers a golf ball recycling program through its retail locations that gives golfers credit for returning their old golf balls. Even the packaging is made from 100 percent recycled material. From core to cover, from packaging to production, Dixon Golf is setting a new standard in environmental consciousness.

What’s more, they announced in July that that they have donated more than $125,000 to charity in the first half of 2012! Through the Dixon Challenge, a fun and innovative par-3 game, Dixon Golf has focused on two things – giving back to charity and growing the brand. The Challenge has helped them do just that. Through the Challenge, money has been raised for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the First Tee, the Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Rotary Club International and the Knights of Columbus, just to name a few.

Congratulations to Dixon Golf, thank you for all you do in your community! If you are or someone you know is interested in nominating a local hero for this campaign, visit our Facebook page for more details!

Heroic Acts: Rebuild Together, Rock & Roll Paint-A-Thon

by Presenta Plaque | on Aug 14, 2012 | 1 Comments

With good deeds happening in our community every day, it can be difficult for the heroes in our lives to receive the credit and recognition they deserve. That’s why at Presenta Plaque, we strive to bring you the stories of these remarkable men and women (and even children!) who make our community so wonderful, through both our Presenta Plaque to Your Hero campaign and our new monthly blog series.

For this, our second series in the blog, we bring to you the volunteers of Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun, and their annual Rock & Roll Paint-A-Thon. Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun (RTVOS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide low-income seniors, veterans and disabled individuals with necessary home improvement and repairs to give them independence and worry-free comfort. Typically, low income homeowners are fixed in older homes within neglected neighborhoods, but it is these older homes that require more maintenance and significant repairs to sustain even the lowest living standard. Often homeowners in these neighborhoods struggle to afford their basic daily needs, let alone overwhelming home repair costs. In these cases, homes are left in derelict conditions that can cause both personal and environmental safety concerns. With seniors and disabled persons, the biggest safety concern is often that they cannot afford to make their homes accessible to accommodate their limited mobility. It is then that RTVOS steps in to offer homeowners free repairs and improvements that considerably enhance their living conditions.

Each year, Rebuilding Together hosts its Rock & Roll Paint-A-Thon where over 3,000 volunteers from other organizations, small groups and business come together to paint the homes of qualified applicants who would otherwise not have the funds or the ability to do it themselves. By improving the outside appearance of the homes, a general sense of pride is imprinted on everyone involved, from the residents of the home and the neighborhood, to the volunteers who labored to bring about the change. Homeowners can rest easy knowing that their house is being maintained and their home value is increased, and volunteers know that they have made an impact on another person’s life.

Applicants must be homeowners aged 65 and older or disabled and must earn less than 50% of their neighborhood’s median income. Volunteers unite to form teams of 15-25 people who each spend the day painting the exterior of one qualified house. Over five years, the Paint-A-Thon has reached out to 560 low-income homeowners to improve the outside of their homes to reflect the inner pride of homeownership they each undoubtedly have.

RTVOS has had over 60,000 volunteers across 500 different organizations give their time since 1991, and they have provided $7 Million in repairs to over 1,850 homes and 55 nonprofit facilities. To be a part of increasing those incredible numbers and get involved in this year’s Paint-A-Thon on Saturday, October 27th, or to learn more about this heroic organization, visit Rebuilding Together’s website!

Congrats Snell & Wilmer!

by Presenta Plaque | on Jul 26, 2012 | 1 Comments

With so many wonderful stories from our community, we are happy to announce this month’s Presenta Plaque to Your Hero July winner: Snell & Wilmer!

We came across recent press about this law firm’s nationwide policy to give back to their community and found them to be a worthy recipient this month. Snell & Willmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico. They contribute considerable resources to nonprofits focused on early childhood education, the working poor, including Valley of the Sun United Way (Phoenix); San Xavier del Bac Mission (Tucson); Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver (Denver) and AFAN AIDS Walk (Las Vegas). Their attorneys also consider Pro Bono activities an important professional responsibility, and Snell & Wilmer strongly encourages all attorneys and paralegals to commit at least 50 hours per year to some type of Pro Bono activity. In fact, Snell & Wilmer has received numerous awards for their Pro Bono work.

Congratulations and thank-you to Snell & Wilmer, who continues to give back to their community in a big way!

Did you catch our previous of Presenta Plaque to Your Hero winners? You can read about Valley Leadership or BillingTree on our blog! If you know of an organization, an individual or anyone who you feel should be recognized, make sure you nominate them today for month of August! Include their name, address, and story in our nomination form at:

The Winner Is…BillingTree!

by Presenta Plaque | on Jun 25, 2012 | 2 Comments

Have you heard of “Presenta Plaque to your Hero“? It’s a campaign we started a few months ago that has allowed us the chance to recognize the achievements of local heroes making a difference in someone’s life and in their own community! Last month, we recognized Valley Leadership and this month we are thrilled to announce another worthy recipient.

Presenta Plaque was honored to recognize local company, BillingTree, on being named as the June 2012 “Presenta Plaque to your Hero” winner. We read an article recently, in which it was revealed BillingTree not only “has donated more than $250,000 to charities through its annual BillingTree RockBlock concerts, held around the Valley,” they also encourage their employees to give back to their own communities and volunteer about 3 hours per month.

We were thrilled to find that they have a philosophy of charitable giving, a philosophy we also share here at Presenta Plaque , and it was our great pleasure to recognize them with this award. Congratulations BillingTree!

Do you know an individual or organization that deserves recognition for their community efforts or actions? We’re giving you the opportunity to nominate the hero in your life or local community. Presenta Plaque to your hero today!

Congratulations Valley Leadership!

by Presenta Plaque | on May 09, 2012 | 1 Comments

Our May winner for “Presenta Plaque to Your Hero” is Valley Leadership!  This development organization in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area has been dedicated for the last three decades to engaging, educating and challenging current and emerging leaders to take an active role in strengthening and transforming communities.

We came across a news article in May about their most recent community service project, holding a book drive around the valley and collecting new and gently used books for children five years and younger from public donations. “Valley Leadership is providing funds for four reading areas in pediatric waiting rooms…” in both Flagstaff and Navajo Reservation clinics.

There are multiple locations around Arizona designated as drop-off areas, including The Arizona and Scottsdale Republic. It’s also important to note they are looking especially for any books in Spanish and Navajo, as these books are presented by the doctors during well-child visits to promote literacy and early reading. For more information, visit here!

Congratulations and thank-you to Valley Leadership, who continues to provide individuals with diverse perspectives and backgrounds opportunities to connect, learn and lead!

Did you catch our previous of Presenta Plaque to Your Hero winners? You can read about Family Promise or the City of Gilbert on our blog! If you know of an organization, an individual or anyone who you feel should be recognized, make sure you nominate them today for month of June! Include their name, address, and story in our nomination form at: