Pleasanton educators and community members recognized the works of local young writers, artists and performers at two recent events.
Every year since 1969, youth across the country have taken part in the Reflections Arts Program, a national arts recognition and achievement program for students of all grades and abilities.
The Reflections program encourages artistic creativity in the classroom and at home and serves as a tool for building partnerships within the community, according to the National Parent-Teacher Association which coordinates the program in conjunction with local and state PTAs.
To get involved, students enter an original piece inspired by the annual theme this year's was "What is your story?" into their school's contest in the fall. They can submit a piece of literature, artwork or photography; a film production, music composition, or dance choreography to be judged alongside others in their grade bracket.
Winning submissions are selected at the school level before moving on to the second round, which encompasses entries citywide. The top pieces in Pleasanton then compete against ones countywide.
Winners at the countywide level go on to have their entries judged at the state level, and the top submissions in California advance to the national contest.
This year, 73 Pleasanton students advanced to the citywide contest. They were acknowledged at an awards ceremony organized by the Pleasanton PTA and held on Dec. 7 at the Firehouse Arts Center.
The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation also hosted a reception for school winners in the visual arts and literature categories on Monday.
Of the 73 school level winners, 23 were picked to move on to the countywide contest. A list of students recognized will be published on the Pleasanton PTA's Facebook page, where some of this year's art entries are also posted.
Non-advancing entries are on display at the PPIE office until the spring, when all entries will be moved over to the Pleasanton Library for display.