What is Reflections?

Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life.

  • Students in pre-k through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2021-2022 program year is "I Will Change The World By..." 
  • Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.
  • While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity
    through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA (if applicable), then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round.

Letter from the Reflections Committee Chair

Official Rules & Entry Form

Art Categories & Rules

Helpful Links


  • Entry forms will be made available on the Reflections board near the front office and included on this page. Entry forms need to be submitted with your child's work on December 3rd by 12am electronically. Please email submissions and questions to Entry form must be signed by the submitting student (even if it is only a printed first name) and the student’s parent/guardian. Electronic signatures are allowed.
  • Students may submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Literature, Photography, & Visual Arts.
  • Students are asked to keep the original work at home and make sure it is available if they are chosen to compete Nationally.
  • Only one person can submit each entry.  However, more than one person can participate in a photograph, even though one person is the creator/submitting the entry.
  • An entrant may use copyrighted material in a Reflections® entry as long as that material is not the primary focus of the entry, or if the entrant is not trying to pass off the copyrighted material as his/her own creation. For example, if a photograph is taken where someone is wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt, that entry is acceptable as long as the Mickey Mouse character is not the primary focus of the photograph. Even if the entrant takes a photograph of a family with Mickey Mouse at a theme park, that would still be an acceptable photograph if the subject of the photograph is the family and not the Mickey Mouse character. If an entrant creates an entry that includes Mickey Mouse as a primary subject in the artwork, that entry would be infringing on copyrighted material and would be disqualified. If you have any questions, contact the WSPTA Reflections Chair at
  • Please format your original work per the rules for your category. Lake
    Youngs, Kent Area Council, and Washington State are only judging electronic versions of your work. If you are selected to compete nationally, you will be asked to submit your original work and it needs to be formatted per the rules for your category.
  • Please review specific rules for each category prior to beginning your project and reach out to the Reflections Chair, Jessica Kessler at with questions.