Port of Grays Harbor

Port of Grays Harbor wins prestigious communications award for 4th grade tour program

July 2016 – The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has awarded the Port of Grays Harbor the 2016 Overall Award of Excellence for its 4th Grade Tour Program entry into the 50th Annual AAPA Communications Awards Program.

The Port’s 4th Grade Tour Program was initiated in 2011 as a Centennial project and has evolved ever since. The popular program includes a port-based curriculum that is sent out to students approximately one month prior to their tour. Transportation is provided at no cost to participating schools thanks to the Gladys Philips Cultural Tours Grant administered by the Grays Harbor Community Foundation. The tour includes a port overview presentation, a full bus tour of the marine terminals and industrial properties, followed by a map activity and a quiz for prizes before students return to school with a goodie bag featuring Port-customer donated items.

“We are incredibly proud of our staff and partners that have made the 4th Grade Tour Program such a success,” said Port Commission President Jack Thompson. “It is exciting to be recognized by AAPA. The tour program has been extremely effective in educating the youth of Grays Harbor about the role their Port plays in connecting our customers and the goods they grow and produce with markets around the globe.”

The Port of Grays Harbor will receive an Overall Award of Excellence trophy at AAPA’s 105th Annual Convention and Expo in New Orleans on October 26th. The Port of Grays Harbor takes home the prestigious award in the Category 1 division. St. John’s Port Authority in Newfoundland, Canada took the honors for Category 2 ports, and Port Everglades, Florida was the overall winner amongst Category 3 ports. The three categories are based on the size of the port's public relations/advertising/marketing budget.

The Port of Grays Harbor’s Annual Results Brochure also won an Award of Distinction in the Annual Reports category. Port staff has partnered with local graphics designer, Amy Ostwald, for the last two years in developing the annual brochure that captures the previous year’s highlights and successes in a quick, easy-to-read format.

Retired teacher and Educational Program Coordinator,
Betsy Seidel, informs students of the Port’s history,
governance, operations, etc. during a brief presentation
before the tour.

4th grade students get a first-hand look at the Port of
Grays Harbor’s working waterfront out on the marine