2017-18 Theme:  "Within Reach" 

General Reflections rules can be found at  

Due Date and Place for entries will be announced in the monthly Peralta District PTA newseltter
Ceremony takes place in January and will be announced in the Peralta District PTA newsletter.

Download the local Student Entry Form here


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About the Reflections Program

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by National PTA board member Mary Lou Anderson. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in the program. The program's longevity and participation figures attest to its strength. The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for children, parents, schools and communities is unmatched.

Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning should not be the emphasis. Participation in the Reflections Program is a great way for students to explore and learn about various art forms. Creating art is a valuable learning process that challenges students to use their critical thinking skills as well as their creative talents to create art that supports a specific theme.

Students may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas listed below. Only original works of art are accepted. Depending on state and local PTA guidelines, students may enter more than one work of art. The six arts categories are as follows:

  • Literature
  • Musical composition
  • Photography
  • Visual arts
  • Dance choreography
  • Film/video production

Participation in the Reflections Program is organized by division. Student works are critiqued against others in the same division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The five divisions are as follows:

  • Primary - Preschool - Grade 2 or up to age 7
  • Intermediate - Grades 3-5 or ages 8-10
  • Middle/Junior - Grades 6-8 or ages 11-13
  • Senior - Grades 9-12 or ages 14+
  • Special Artist - Non-Graded

The Reflections program is available to all students attending PTA and PTSA units in good standing. Entries are forwarded through channels. Each unit, council and PTA district establishes their own deadline dates, allowing adequate time for displaying and judging of entries. PTA units should acquire deadline dates from their council and PTA district. Only PTA districts may submit entries to the California State PTA.