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National PTA and U.S. Department of Education to Honor Students from Across the Country for Talents and Creativity in the Arts

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Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations

Event to feature performances and an exhibit of student artwork


National PTA and the U.S. Department of Education will host a ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 22 to recognize students from across the country for their talents and creativity in the arts. The event, which will kick off celebrations in honor of the 50th anniversary of National PTA’s Reflections program, will feature remarks from National PTA and U.S. Department of Education leadership as well as student performances. It will also include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an exhibit viewing of artwork created by the more than 200 honorees of the 2017-2018 National PTA Reflections program, themed “Within Reach.”

Each year, the National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts—that reflect on the annual theme. Submissions are reviewed by visual, literary and performing arts experts, and students are recognized for their artistic ingenuity in bringing the theme to life. For 50 years, the National PTA Reflections program has helped millions of students explore their thoughts, feelings and ideas; develop artistic literacy; increase their confidence and find a love for learning that helps them succeed in school and in life.


11 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, Jan. 22


U.S. Department of Education
LBJ Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202


  • National PTA President Jim Accomando
  • National PTA President-Elect Leslie Boggs
  • National PTA Governance Member Teresa Williams
  • National PTA Executive Director Nathan R. Monell, CAE
  • U.S. Department of Education Representatives
  • 2017-2018 National PTA Reflections Student Honorees


Heidi May Wilson, National PTA, (614) 570-3922

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