Longwood Elementary PTA

Indian Prairie School District 204

REFLECT on the theme. CREATE an original work. BE RECOGNIZED!

Since 1969, the Reflections program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American Schools overseas to explore their artistic talents by creating works of art for fun and recognition. Annually, hundreds of thousands of students participate in the Reflections program through their local PTAs. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works of art in six categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production  
  • Literature
  • Musical Composition 
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts


Local winners in each category go on to compete at the district/region and state levels. State winners are then considered for a National PTA Reflections award, including:

  • Outstanding Interpretation Awards
  • Awards of Excellence
  • Awards of Merit


General Rules

  1. All projects must be the original work of one student. Projects advancing to the next PTA level must have a signed statement of originality granting permission to the National PTA and Illinois PTA to use their work. Student and parent/guardian signatures must be included on each “Official Entry Form”.
  2. Please include your Illinois PTA District/Region number (#36) in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Each project must express the theme: “Believe, Dream, Inspire”.
  4. All entries must contain aTitle.
  5. All entries must include anArtist’s Statementto describe what inspired his/her work and how it relates to the theme.
  6. Work should be neat. Keep work from becoming wrinkled or torn. Please do not shrink wrap artwork.
  7. Grade correct grammar and spelling are required. A dictionary should be used.
  8. Projects must include student’s name, grade, and class on the back of project.
  9. Three-dimensional art will NOT be accepted; only art on paper, poster board, material mounted on cardboard, or canvas on cardboard will be accepted. NO GLUED ON NOODLES, EYES, BEADS, etc. Submit flat work only. Artwork on stretched canvas will be disqualified.
  10. Students may enter a work of art in each category.


Entry forms and the Information packet are available for download on the links below:

  1. Student Entry form - Reflections
  2. Theme Search form – Reflections theme for next year

Rules for participation (Click on the following links to download the PDF)

  1. Rules in Brief
  2. General Participation Rules
  3. Special Artist Division Rules
  4. Visual arts
  5. Photography
  6. Literature
  7. Music Composition
  8. Dance Choreography
  9. Film Production


Questions? Contact Nadia Ji, Local Reflections Chair

at jadensager@gmail.com

For more information visit www.illinoispta.org


©Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204, serving Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook, & Plainfield, IL.