The National PTA Reflections Program welcomes students of all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Students reflect on a theme, create original works of art and earn positive recognition for their achievements. Any PTA/PTSA held in good standing may take part in Reflections.

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All art entries must be PHYSICALLY submitted to your Region even if you UPLOAD a digital copy on the Student Entry Portal.  Drop off deadlines for regions are listed below.  Contact your Region Director for more information.

Within Reach – 2017-2018 Reflections

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2017-2018 theme: Within Reach

Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

Reflections 2017-18 Registration

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2017-2018 theme: Within Reach.

Register Your PTA

Before you submit your PTA unit registration, print the completed registration page as your confirmation. You can use “print screen” to save the page and print from there.

Student Submissions

Fill out your Local PTA Participation Form (PDF). You need to include this form when you turn in your Reflections entries to your region.

2017-18 PTA Reflections Theme “Within Reach”

Reflections theme heading

Every school year the PTA Reflections Program theme changes and with that change comes the newest set of rules and guidelines. Be sure to check with your Region Reflections Chair (RRC) to learn their deadline and location for advancing entries, as well as any additional requirements, such as extra copies of forms or packaging materials, that they may require.

Use this information as a guide to start your PTA Reflections program!

Online Instructions





Other Information

Some of the files above are in PDF format. If you do not have software to read this format, please click here to download the latest version of Acrobat Reader.

Region Reflections Deadlines

03 – Central: December 4

Contact: Bonnie Russell

04 – Central Hudson: TBA

Contact: Amany Messieha Dgheim

05 – Suffolk: December 1-2

Contact: Sherri McKittrick

06 – Leatherstocking: December 1

Contact: Michele Witt

07 – Genesee Valley: November 12

Contact: Julia Anello

09 – Mohawk Valley: TBA

Contact: Susan Brown

10 – Nassau: November 28-30

Contact: Marie Giulietti or Kathy Paulis

11 – Niagara: January 4

Contact: Jennifer Walowitz

12 – Northeastern: December 12

Contact: Amanda Tobias

14 – South Central: TBA

Contact:  Rachael Richards

15 – Southeastern: TBA

Contact: Kelly Howe

16 – Southwestern: TBA

Contact: Erika Zielinski

17 – Taconic: December 15

Contact: Karen Quimby

18 – Westchester-East Putnam: December 15

Contact: Dionne Thomas

19 – Western: TBA

Contact: Patricia Frazier

2017 National Reflections Winners Announced!

This past school year, thousands of students across the country and in US schools overseas contributed their original works to be considered for PTA’s highest honor in the arts.

It is our privilege to announce the six 2017 National PTA Reflections Award Winners from New York:

National PTA Outstanding Interpretation

Rachel Doyle from Syosset High School PTA; Photography – High School; Nassau Region

National PTA Award of Merit

Nicholas Alvino from Division Avenue High School PTSA; Dance Choreography – High School; Nassau Region

Tyler Sapoff from Old Country Road School PTA; Literature – Primary; Nassau Region

Christina Morris from Freeport High School PTSA; Music Composition – High School; Nassau Region

Ivyana Rose Dragoo from Heritage Heights PTA; Music Composition – Primary; Western Region

Joselyn Aponte from Wheeler Ave PTA; Visual Arts – Intermediate; Nassau Region

2016-2017 PTA Reflections Art Program — “What Is Your Story?” Winners

And the state winners are… 133 students! Congratulations! Click here for the list of the 2016-17 NYS PTA Reflections winners.

Additional Opportunities

Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant Program

The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides matching dollar funding to local PTAs to support in-school and after-school arts enhancement programs within their communities. Matching grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each year to local PTAs. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing.

Apply for a Grant! Applications for projects starting in the 2016-2017 school year will be accepted January 4 through March 11, 2016. For more information, visit the National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Grant webpage.