Celebrate Your Creativity!
Participate in PTA's Reflection Program
"What is Your Story?”

The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local, council, district, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local level, where selected works, are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level-council, district, or state-depending on each state PTA’s structure. Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select entries to submit to the National PTA. Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit are recognized at the annual National PTA Convention and are displayed as a part of the program’s traveling exhibit.

Professionals working individuals in the literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts fields volunteer to judge student entries at the district level. Awards of Excellence, Merit, and Distinction are selected in each grade division for each of the six arts areas. Awards will be given at an awards reception that will take place at the opening of a show of the works that make it to the Fourth district level, for public viewing, sometime in January.

To get involved, students submit an original piece, inspired by the annual theme, for their school’s Reflections Program in any of following arts areas: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. The 2016-2017 theme is: "What is Your Story?”

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Think about the theme. Then select a category (or more than one!) and read the official rules...

  • Dance Choreography

  • Film Production 

  • Literature

  • Musical Composition 

  • Photography

  • Visual Arts

Put on your dancing shoes, grab a camera, or pick up a pen or paintbrush to create and express yourselves through art.  Remember there are no mistakes in art, only masterpieces!  

Deadline for entries is Tuesday, October 11th by 3:00 pm 
Deliver your entry and accompanying forms to Reflections tub in the Main Office

Some things to remember:
Make sure to read the Participation Rules for your category so you know what format and size your project should be. Fill out the Student Entry Form and Consent Form, if needed.

Documents you need to include with your artwork:

  • Student Entry Form

  • Consent Form (Only if photographing or audio is taken of a person)

  • Specific Category Student Participation Rules (One set for each category you are entering)   

Reflections is a National PTA program and all students submitting projects MUST follow the General Participation rules for work to be accepted. Please review the abridged guidelines for details.


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