The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.

This long-standing Garden City PTA sponsored program supports self-expression and the arts in all seven schools. We would like to thank the Reflections Committee, the judges, and our members for their time, dedication, and support of this wonderful program. 495 students participated in the 2016 Reflections contest - What is Your Story?.

We are proud to announce the 2016 Garden City PTA Reflections winners – see the list on the link to the left or click here Garden City Winners. Many winners will advance to the Nassau Region PTA level. District level winners and their families are invited to attend their school’s Reflections award ceremony held later in the year. Winning entries will be showcased that evening. Students will receive an award certificate presented by the school's principal, representatives from central administration, Board of Education Trustees, members of the Reflection Committee, and the PTA President.  Mark your calendar for this special evening event:

  • Joint Primary Schools Ceremony, Wednesday, March 1st, 6:30 pm, Hemlock School
  • Stewart and Stratford Ceremony, Wednesday, March 15th, 7:00 pm Stratford School
  • Middle School and High School Ceremony, Monday, April 24th 7:00 pm, GCHS Library

In January, Nassau Region PTA will announce the Nassau County winners that will advance to the NYS PTA level. Classroom teachers will return student submissions that did not advance to the Nassau Region level after the awards ceremony for your child's school. All students will receive a certificate of participation to celebrate their commitment to this program.

If you or your child value this program in our schools, please consider volunteering your time to the Reflections Committee next year.  Please contact our Reflections Chairs today to learn how you can help keep this program in our schools.

If your artist would like to get a head start on next year's Reflections contest, the 2017 theme is Within Reach.