UNION, NJ – Nine Union students will be moving onto the state competition of the National PTA Reflections Program.  They were  honored at the National PTA’s Founders Day dinner at the Gran Centurion in Clark last week. 

The National PTA Reflections Program is the PTA’s cornerstone arts program.   The program was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. The program was described by Anderson as “almost too simple”.  That simplicity – of asking children to express themselves artistically based on a common theme – is the foundation of this long-standing program.

“We are so proud to have such creative and motivated students in all the categories, they have such creative mind. , “ Benjamin Kloc, Principal of Livingston Elementary

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This year, the Program inspired millions of students to reflect on the theme, which is “Look Within.”  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.

Township of Union students from grades K-12 participated by submitting their entries in all categories to their local PTAs. The work was judged and the winning entries advanced to the County level for judging. The following schools had students advance to the state level for the next round.  Those students with an Asterisk are now moving on to National judging. 

Washington School

    Darlene Ransom - Dance Choreography*

Livingston Elementary School

     Caleb Begonia – Visual Arts

Franklin School

     Rylen Sumter – Photography

     Alexander Rojas – Visual Arts*

Kawameeh Middle School

     Brigid Kelly – Photography *

Union High School

     Barbara Exilius – Photography*

     Carl Fuenes - Photography

     Alyzza Ocampo – Photography

     Daniel Perrotto – Photography*

Dolly Webb PTA Secretary and Reflections Chair for Union High School and Livingston Elementary School added, “We are so proud of the Union students that took the time to participate in the Reflections Program to showcase their various talents. We are happy to be able to celebrate this achievement with them and their families at the Founder’s Day dinner.”