Congratulations to the following artists that received recognition in the National PTA Reflections competition for the 2016-17 Reflections theme: “What Is Your Story?”!
Jack Williams, Award of Excellence, Film Production – Special Artist Division, Coronado High School PTSA;
Emma Keller, Award of Merit, Dance Choreography – Intermediate Division, Helen Keller Elementary PTA;
Sariah Smith, Award of Excellence, Literature – High School Division, Peak 2 PTA
Kaelen Becker, Award of Excellence Film Production – Intermediate Division, Dennison Elementary PTA
Cameron Owens, Award of Merit, Music Composition – Middle School Division, Jeffco Council PTA Cameo
Xan McPherson, Award of Merit, Photography – High School Division, Lakewood High School PTSA
Sam Field, Award of Merit, Photography – Intermediate Division, Bradford K-8 PTA
The goal of PTA’s arts in education programming is to be a resource for PTA leaders in partnering with schools to provide opportunities for all students to explore and be involved in the arts.
The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program —support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. When PTAs and schools work together to support arts education, they:
- Encourage all students—despite individual challenges—to explore ideas, express their individuality and support their peers in a positive way;
- Provide all students with an academic advantage by increasing student engagement and teacher effectiveness, which leads to increased school attendance rates and social connectedness among students; and
- Enhance family engagement by connecting families and schools to one another and to their communities.
Schools and PTAs committed to quality learning in the arts can identify opportunities together for families to take an active role in support of arts education. To start a PTA Reflections program in your school community, contact your state PTA for instructions and materials. Use the Reflections Toolkit to guide your PTA/PTSA and make your Reflections program a success. The 2017-2018 theme is “Within Reach.”