PTA Reflections

The PTA Reflections Program was described by its founder, Mary Lou 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 PTA program.
Students submit artwork to their local PTA’s. Works are judged at the local level and the winning entries advance to the state PTA level. Top state award–winning entries advance to the national level of judging.

Here you will find everything you need to run a Reflections program at your school!

Feel free to contact with any questions or to share your successes!

2017-2018 Theme

“Within Reach”


Reflections Chair Role & Responsibilities

These files will take you through the Reflections process step-by-step.

Competitions & Grants

Not only can students enter artwork into the annual competition, but they can submit their ideas for a future theme.  Also, the Mary Lou Anderson Grant can supply your PTA with funds to carry out your Reflections-related ideas.

Reflections Toolkit

This toolkit contains all of the rules and forms you’ll need, as well as sample judging score cards.


These items will help you advertise and celebrate your Reflections program.  There are also more learning opportunities for you.

Online Reflections Gallery

Visit the Online Reflections Gallery! See national entries HERE.