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Started in 1969 by the Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, Reflections has encouraged millions of students to express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Students in preschool through grade 12 may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Any PTA in good standing is eligible to sponsor Reflections on their campus.

How to Participate in Reflections

  • Verify that your PTA is in good standing with Texas PTA. If your PTA is not in good standing, you may still host the Reflections program at your school, but you may not advance any entries to Texas or National PTA.
  • Make the student entry form and rules available for your students!
  • Set deadline for your students to turn artwork in before November 1st. (Councils begin judging in November.)
  • Familiarize yourself with the judging procedures and the judges scorecard.
  • Find unbiased community members to judge your entries
  • Download the Advancing Entries Checklist and the Spreadsheet to fill out after judging is complete.
  • Send your advancing entries to your Council.
  • Plan a way to recognize your students! Certificates and ribbons are available in the S.T.A.R. Co-op.

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