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National PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts, boosting student confidence and success in the arts and life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+-year-old program helps them explore their thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them succeed in school and life. The theme this year “I am Hopeful Because…”. Students are encouraged to create original works on this theme highlighting one of six areas: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.

For the 2023-2024 year, there were 536 art entries submitted at the school sites throughout Glendale Unified School District, and 114 were judged at the Council PTA level. Thirty outstanding interpretation winners, which are featured below, were then judged at First District PTA. From these 30, 3 moved on to the State competition. 

Emma Shomer, Grade 5, Best Day of My Life, 2023  

“Song - Best Day of My Life by American Authors

Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Benjamin Franklin Magnet Elementary School PTA

I am hopeful because of my love for dance. You may be thinking “what does that mean?”. My dance is titled Best Day of my Life because I feel hopeful every day. Today is a new day and you can try new things and have a fresh start. One day you will look back and realize there were many “best days” when you have a positive attitude and love what you are doing. Like dancing. I am hopeful because one day sooner or later you will have the best day of your life and many more to come.

Michelle S. Olmessekian, Grade 6, Aragil (means stork in English), 2023

background music: Aragil by "Beautified Project" This song is modified for this dance by the lead singer "Andre Simonian"

Middle School (Grades 6-8), Glenoaks Elementary School PTA

I will be dancing to an Armenian song named "Aragil", which means stork in English. In this song the stork represents good fortune, faith, and hope. Humanity shown as a stork, spreading its wings and flying towards freedom and peace. I hope that all people forcefully displaced from their homes and homelands can find peace and hope.

Paul Anthony Navarrez, Grade 11, Atlas Two Solo, 2023

Song - Atla: two, By - Sleeping at last 

High School (Grades 9-12), Glendale High School PTSA

This song and dance represents how I am hopeful because of the contentment and fulfillment that comes from unconditional love. Although the strive and journey in search of the right kinds of relationships can be bitter and cruel, the destination is a worthwhile reward. I’m inspired by the commitment to love, a love without any strings attached. A great privilege it is to love, a connection like no other, one that fills your heart in a unique way. I’m hopeful one day that will be my case.

Serena Gharakhanian, Grade 5, Serena's Mexican Dance

Dance is good 

Special Artist (All Grades), R.D. White Elementary School PTA

I am hopeful because we gonna have better life by dancing

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