National PTA Announces 2012 Reflections Award Recipients
More than 40 Years of Leading Nation in Arts Education
|ALEXANDRIA, VA. (May 8, 2012)- While a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics showed that many states are cutting their support for the arts in schools, one factor has remained constant in America for more than 40 years: National PTA’s® Reflections Program SM each year provides opportunities for students to explore and express themselves through the arts and receive positive recognition for their efforts and achievements.That’s why National PTA is proud to announce the 2011-2012 Reflections Outstanding Interpretation Award winners in six arts categories, along with 188 other Awards of Excellence and Merit. The Reflections Program has served tens of millions of children since its inception and is one of the country’s oldest and largest arts recognition programs.Winners were chosen from hundreds of thousands of submissions from students across the nation and in European schools serving military families who participated in this year’s program, themed “Diversity Means…”
“Research shows that the arts contribute to creative thinking, emotional resiliency, problem-solving, as well as other important 21st century skills which, in turn, result in better attendance, higher test scores and higher graduation rates. We are extremely proud of our Reflections Program. For more than 40 years this arts program has given children the opportunity to express themselves creatively and be recognized for it,” said National PTA President Betsy Landers.
The six students will be recognized during a special ceremony at the 116th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in June in San Jose, Calif. They also will receive a certificate, medallion, and $800 for their winning entry. A special award of $200 will be granted to each outstanding winner’s local PTA.
The national Outstanding Interpretation Award Recipients are:
The association also recognizes 72 students with Awards of Excellence and 116 students with Awards of Merit across four grade divisions—primary, intermediate, middle/junior, and senior—in six arts categories—dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. A complete list of winners is available at www.PTA.org/ReflectionsWinners. Their artwork will be showcased in a virtual PTA Reflections gallery that will be live later this year.
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