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The goal of the Communications Department is to create partnerships within and outside the organization to provide information, assistance and opportunities for all stakeholders.

The Communications Department supports or oversees:

  • Builds relationships between Hawthorn District 73 and the Vernon Hills community
  • Engages with community via social media sites
  • Creates community newsletters
  • Distributes District 73 electronic communications
  • Handles media relations
  • Manages crisis communications
  • Oversees the website

Samantha Cook

Communications Specialist

Media Requests

All media requests are handled through the Communications department. For comments or requests for interviews, please contact Samantha Cook, Communications Specialist, at 847-990-4243.

Communications Awards

The Hawthorn District 73 Communications Department is a member of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA). Each year NSPRA and INSPRA hold communications contests where professional school communicators from across the country judge submissions from school districts. Each entry is evaluated by judges against a rubric of excellence.