Getting Inspired About Reflections

by Reflections Committee

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Want to be inspired? Just spend some time looking at the dance routines, films, visual artwork, written poems and stories, and photographs California students created as part of the 2020-21 PTA Reflections program.

Thousands of California students from kindergarten to high school participated in Reflections last year. In PTAs throughout the state, their work, based on the theme “I Matter Because…” was displayed and celebrated. 

I matter because I am me.
Standing tall fearlessly.
Knocking down boundaries.
Adding to the diversity.

From the poem “Equity, Equality, Discord and Disunity”
by National PTA Reflections Award of Excellence winner
Amira Olin, Walter Reed Middle School

In April, California State PTA announced which of those students won awards and would have their work forwarded to the National PTA competition. You’ll find their submissions
here. There were 13 California students honored in the national competition.


How do I sign my child up for the Reflections competition?

Reflections is a PTA program that local school PTA units sponsor. Ask your PTA leaders if your school has a program. If your PTA doesn’t currently do Reflections, you could be the one to get it started. This information for local leaders will give you the information (in English and Spanish). It’s a great way to get your school community involved with PTA and with the arts.

Where do I learn more about how Reflections works?

You’ll find everything you need in the Reflections Section of the CA State PTA website. A great place to start is with our description of how the program works and what it takes to make it work.

What is this year’s theme?

This year’s theme is “I Will Change the World By…” 

You’ll find a wealth of resources, including fliers and other promotional materials, to help you publicize your local Reflections program here.

Getting kids started on their projects, based on this year’s theme, is a great way to get them inspired as the new school year begins.