Please see additional program information, including specific rules for each category, on the VA PTA website!
Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. Students submit their completed works of art in available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, and Special Artist. While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA (if applicable), then finalists from councils will move on to the state round.
In 1969, Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson developed the first Reflections program to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Since that time, millions of students have benefited from the program.
The program is designed to enhance quality arts education for students in Pre-K through grade 12. As participants in the program, students are encouraged to create works in various art categories.
Students submit artwork to Local PTAs. Works are judged by Local PTAs and the winning entries advance to the Council, District, and/or State PTA round, depending on the State structure. Top entries from each State PTA Reflections contest advance to National PTA for the final round of judging.
Each Spring, PTA districts present state winners with Certificates and Ribbons for Excellence in each grade division and category as well as Awards of Merit for in each grade division and category. There are also Outstanding Interpretation winners in each grade division and category that are recognized at the Virginia PTA’s Annual Conference with certificates and medals.
Each June, National PTA awards 6 outstanding Interpretations awards, 3 Awards of Excellence for each category in each division and 5 Awards of Merit for each category in each division.
“Nuckols Farm Elementary is a joyful community of learners dedicated to exemplary academic achievement, care for one another, service to others, and recognition of each person’s unique gifts and contributions. Staff, students, parents, and the community work together to nurture skilled, caring, and passionate leaders for tomorrow.”