The Virginia PTA would like to express our Congratulations to all of the participants in this year's Reflections Program.  

When you explore what you have and express what you feel, the Arts will reward you in so many ways and this program is just one way of doing so. For 50 years, the National PTA's Reflections Program has helped students explore, create, value, develop, and find their true talents. We applaud and congratulate all of our Virginia students for their creativity in the arts.

For winners at the state level, please go to the award list below and you will find names, categories, and placements.

pdf 2018-19 Reflections Award List (827 KB)

The theme for the upcoming school year is Look Within. We hope to see you as a Reflections participant next year. If your school doesn't participate, please reach out to Virginia PTA for guidance on how you can set up this valuable program.

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Donna Colombo, President

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Karen Peterson, Chair
Arts in Education Committee

2018-2019 Heros Around Me Gallery

Dance Choreography

 Primary School Division Nicholas Tao In Memory of Link 
 Intermediate School Division Cambrie Belak Coming Home  
 Middle School Division Alexandria Tabor Connection  
 High School Division Emily Pryce My Brothers Are My Heros  
 Special Artist Division  Liza Hall Waiting for My Dad  

Film Production

 Primary School Division  Piper Holland Piper's Best Superheros to the Rescue!  Link
 Intermediate School Division  Mason Mirabile Through Your Eyes  
 Middle School Division  Scott Langston Attack on Pearl Harbour  
 High school Division  Erin Kennedy A Whole New Outlook  
 Special Artist Division  James Aiden Riley Some Kid's Heros Wear a Cape; Mine Wears A US Army Uniform  


Primary School Division   Cecilia Griffith Firefighters Save the Day Link
Intermediate School Division  Avery Brecke Milo To The Rescue  
Middle School Division  Hailey Crusenberry We Were Fought For  
High School Division  Anna Chung The Helper  
Special Artist Division  Benjamin Breaux I See The Heros Around Me  

Music Composition

Primary School Division  Madison McBeth Clouds of Heroes Faces Link
Intermediate School Division Ashton Nostheide Heroes Around Me  
Middle School Division Peter Hinckley Superhero  
High School Division Jonathan Petrini Kaleidoscope  
Special Artist Division Mary Hatcher Heroes Around Us  


Primary School Division Riley Zwiselsberger Heroes All Around Me Link
Intermediate School Division Ally Burrow My Tiny Champion  
Middle School Division Elliot Beazley The Heart  
High School Division Piper Finkelson A Son's First Hero  
Special Artist Division Mychael Willon The Heroes Around Me Are Real  

Visual Arts

Primary School Division Alasdair Hackworth Future Heroes: You Can Be A Hero Too Link
Intermediate School Division Marcela Stambaugh Hero Magic Cube  
Middle School Division Ashley Chi Breaking Through the "Wall"  
High School Division Genesis Guerrero My Hero is Hope in Life  
Special Artist Division  Benjamin Elmore  Always Believe in Yourself  

How to Sponsor a Reflections Program

Any PTA/PTSA in good standing is eligible to sponsor a Reflections Program. Virginia PTA defines a local unit in good standing as one whose bylaws are up to date, as of December 1, 2011 (revised by December 1, 2006), and has paid Membership dues by June 30, 2011.

Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant

A limited number of matching grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each year to local PTAs for student-centered programs focused on arts education. Special consideration is given to programs that reach large numbers of students, especially students who are at risk. At risk is the term applied to children whose environmental, familial, and/or socioeconomic situation may affect their academic success or ability to learn.

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Celebrate Arts in Education Week with Reflections!

Sept. 8-14 is National Arts in Education Week.  

Membership in the Virginia PTA provides the opportunity to participate in the National PTA Reflections program. This competition encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves by providing positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Since it was founded in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson, millions of students have benefited from this program.

Reflections Awards Program Students in Pre-K through grade 12 create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts.

While Virginia PTA does not require you to register your program with National PTA, we recommend it. Visit to register. Once you have registered, you will have access to a digital toolkit of resources from National PTA and the opportunity to connect with other PTA Reflections leaders. Registering will also allow National PTA to share information with you and provide an "End of Program" survey where you can report how many participated and give feedback.

 We ask that you do NOT enter your student entries via the online entry portal.  Please submit student entries to your local PTA per the rules listed in the “How to Enter” section of the Student Packet.  

Reflections Program Video

State Reflections Reminder Video


Registration opens July 1, 2019 and will close on February 1, 2020.

Download all of these important Reflections Resources:                                                                                     

document VA PTA Local Leader Guide
(3.78 MB)
document VA PTA Local Leader Guide (Spanish) (2.32 MB) pdf
(651 KB)
document National PTA Student Packet (1.51 MB) - word                                            pdf
(651 KB)
document National PTA Student Packet (Spanish) (1 MB)                                                                     
document VA PTA Dance Choreography Rules (203 KB) pdf
(197 KB)
document V (201 KB) document A PTA Film Production Rules (201 KB) pdf
(182 KB)
document VA PTA Literature Rules (204 KB) pdf
(191 KB)
document VA PTA Music Composition Rules (202 KB) pdf
(171 KB)
document VA PTA Photography Rules (203 KB) pdf
(191 KB)
document VA PTA Visual Arts Rules
(205 KB)
document VA PTA Special Artist Rules
(188 KB)
pdf National PTA Flyer (784 KB) pdf
(188 KB)
pdf National PTA Flyer - Spanish (784 KB) pdf
(188 KB)
pdf National PTA Fillable Poster  (8.55 MB) - 8.5" x 11"
pdf National PTA Fillable Poster (369 KB) - 17" x 24"

Would you like to help National PTA pick out a future Reflections theme?  If yes, download our Theme Search packet here.  All Reflections themes are submitted by students!  Each local unit may submit to Virginia PTA 5 suggested themes by November 1, 2019.  We will vote on our top 5 to submit to National and they will choose one for the 2020-2021 Reflections theme.  The winning student receives $100 from National PTA.

  document Theme Search Packet (English) (1.52 MB)
document Theme Search Packet (Spanish) (1.60 MB) document
(1.56 MB)

Students who participate in VAPTA programs, must be from a PTA or PTSA that is in good standing. This includes, bylaws up to date, dues paid by November 1, and as per National for Reflections, updated  insurance information.

Why the Need for Arts in Schools?

When children express themselves through words, pictures, music, dance and other art forms, they grow intellectually and socially. They learn to analyze their thoughts, feelings, and ideas; learn to look at things, people, and experiences in a fresh and exciting way; and become more interested in the ideas and works of others.