Designed to enhance rather than replace a quality arts education, the national PTA® Reflections Program℠ provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts.
PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which includes art forms such as drawing, painting, print making, and collage). For more than 40 years, the program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. The Reflections Program was started in 1969 by then Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson.
Students participate in the Reflections Program by submitting entries to their local PTA or PTSA. Any PTA/PTSA in good standing is eligible to sponsor a Reflections Program. Learn more about Reflections and how to get started.
Outreach and family engagement is the cornerstone of any successful PTA. Reaching out to students and parents to provide support, services and community is the best way to maintain a healthy PTA membership and to ensure that every child has a voice in your school. Seattle Council PTSA’s mission is to provide support to PTA units in the School District to help them achieve their goals. Outreach is a component of everything we do.
National PTA believes the solution to our academic and literacy crisis in urban areas involves a multi-layered approach that promotes partnership between parents, teachers, students, and communities. Since 2009, the Urban Family Engagement Network (UFEN) has existed in: Atlanta, Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Queens, and Philadelphia.
PTA’s Urban Family Engagement Network emphasizes a locally-driven model energized by grassroots strategies and projects that train and mobilize volunteer leaders to become peer mentors to families of students in the community.
The Seattle Council PTSA offers family engagement and leadership grants. The Seattle Council PTSA offers grants of up to $300 to help PTAs/PTSAs promote family engagement. Additionally, the Seattle Council of PTSA offers grants of up to $250 to assist in efforts to develop PTA/PTSA leaders. This includes current and potential PTA/PTSA officers, appointed board members and committee. Learn more about SCPTSA grants opportunities here.