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Horace Mann PTSA Presents Reflections

Each year, the National PTA Reflections Program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme. Our PTSA is sponsoring children from our school to participate in this annual national cultural arts competition. 

We'd like to encourage every child from Kindergarten through 5th grade to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original art. Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. 



2021-2022 Theme: "I Will Change the World by..." 

Submit Your Entry by ?


The theme is determined by National PTA from student submissions.  If you would like to participate in the theme search, please contact for a form.  The due date for submitting a theme search entry is November 3



About the Contest
  • Each PTSA launches a contest at the local school level. All artwork is judged and a percentage of the entries will then advance to the District contest.
  • Due Date for all student entries at Mann Elementary is November 2.
  • District entries are then judged in November and winners at the District level are then advanced to the State competition in January.
  • State winners are then submitted to the National competition.

Participation in Reflections is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions at Mann Elementary are: 

Only original works of art are accepted.


Art Categories

  • Dance Choreography Solo and ensemble dances are accepted. Entrant must be the choreographer and may also be a performer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 minutes. . Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer.

  • Literature Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative, and short story. Entry may be in their primary language if an interpretive English translation is attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited.

  • Music Composition All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited.

  • Photography Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted.

  • Visual Arts Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles.

  • Special Artist Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division OR grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.


For complete rules please go to in the Student Entry Packets section.



Dates to Remember

All students will be recognized for their submissions. Winning entries advancing to the District level will also receive special recognition and be announced by the PTSA Presidents and School Principal. 

Additional questions can be sent to the Reflections Chair at

See also the Lake Washington PTSA website for more info. 


We look forward to seeing projects from your students! 



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