From the North Carolina beach to the monuments in Washington D.C., to Harvard University in Massachusetts and The Roost in dowtown Toledo, and from the islands of Bonaire and Curacao in the Caribbean, the families and staff of Toledo Public Schools have answered the challenge of spreading our TPS Proud message.

We've even had TPS Proud written in the sands of Jensen Beach, Florida.

One of our recent messages came from Judy Drew, a secretary at Harvard Elementary, who wrote, "Attached are a couple of pics from our family vacation at Corolla, N.C. in the Outer Banks. On the right is me, Judy Drew, secretary at Harvard [Elementary] and on the left is Ashley Drew, my daughter, who is a 2nd grade teacher at DeVeaux [Elementary]. We had a wonderful time and had beautiful weather during our stay. Thankfully, we did not see any sharks during our stay!"

The TPS Proud Summer Contest is an outgrowth of a project from last summer. Back then, we encouraged families and staff members to send in photos for the district's Facebook page of them on vacation or doing something fun around town. We got so many submissions that this summer, we upped the ante and asked that the words TPS Proud be displayed somewhere in the photos.

With still a month of summer vacation left, we want to encourage anyone who hasn't to try and come up with a clever way to spread the district's message of pride. TPS Proud signs are available in the Communications Department at the Administration Building, but we'll also take homemade signs. And we'll take shots of people wearing a TPS Proud t-shirt or with TPS embroidered on a collar (hint, Dr. Durant).

The only other rule for the contest is that the people in the photos are having a great time on their summer vacation. School will be starting up soon enough!

Updated on July 23, 2015