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Pleasanton PTA Council to recognize young artists tonight

Program at Firehouse Arts Center features 60 entries from 8 Pleasanton schools

The Pleasanton PTA Council will hold its eighth annual Reflections Arts Recognition Program today at the city's Firehouse Arts Center.

A reception and showcase will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the ceremony to follow at 7 p.m.

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. It provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by this year's theme, "Together We Can."

"The Pleasanton PTA Council is very excited to be having our annual program at the Firehouse Arts Center this year," said Jodie Vashistha, Pleasanton PTA Council president. "We are grateful to our sponsor Bay Area Academy of Music for helping to make that possible."

"The PTA feels very strongly that the arts are an important part of our children's education, but budget cuts make it increasingly difficult to include any art in the curriculum," she added. "Our hope is that holding the ceremony at the Firehouse Arts Center will help to increase community awareness of the importance of arts education."

Students, from kindergarten through their senior year in high school entered their work in six categories: photography, visual arts, literature, musical composition, dance choreography, and film/video production. More than 310 young artists from eight Pleasanton schools submitted entries for this year's program to their local PTA or PTSA sponsored program.

Reflections Committees at each school identified students in each category and age level to represent their school at the council level. Over 60 entries were submitted to the Pleasanton PTA Council for recognition and will be showcased today. Entries advancing to the next level, Peralta PTA District, will be announced tonight.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Diane Van Wagner at vanwagners@comcast.net. Attendance capacity is limited to 220.

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