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Reflections program helps students explore arts

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Guests look at student art work during the Reflections art show at Holt Crossing Intermediate School on Jan. 10. The Reflections program is a national effort by the Parent Teacher Association that encourages students to explore the arts.

Awards for the South-Western City Schools Council of PTAs annual Reflections art program will be presented in March.

The Reflections program is a national PTA effort that encourages students to explore the arts, said Melissa Forney, who helps oversee the local program and served as chairwoman of an art show held Jan. 10 at Holt Crossing Intermediate School.

“It’s an opportunity to encourage students to get more involved in the arts and to express themselves in creative ways,” Forney said.

The program is open to students at all grade levels and includes visual arts, music, film and photography among the media students can explore, she said.

The theme for the 2012-13 Reflections program is “The Magic of a Moment.”

More than 500 students participated in the Jan. 10 art show at Holt, which featured visual arts only, Forney said.

Visitors to the show were able to cast their votes for People’s Choice Awards that will be presented, she said.

A team of five judges have also been evaluating projects students have submitted for the March awards show, Forney said.

“We got five people from outside the community so there would be no chance that the judges would be influenced by knowing the students or their families,” she said.

The top projects from each grade level in each category will be honored at the awards ceremony, Forney said.

More than 2,000 South-Western students from all grade levels and schools in the district have participated in the Reflections program, Forney said.

Each school has taken its own approach to the program, with some art teachers incorporating Reflections projects into their classes and others making the program something students work on outside the classroom, she said.