5.12.2010

Reflections: National PTA recognizes two 15thDPTA/JCPS students

The 15th District PTA would like to congratulate the following students who were recognized by National PTA for their amazing contributions to this years Reflections Program.

Jim Miller, Award of Merit, Middle Film Production NOE MIDDLE Jim will receive a silver-plated Reflections medallion, a certificate and letter signed by the National PTA president, and recognition in the annual PTA Reflections online gallery

Hannah Buckley, Award of Merit, Senior Musical Composition EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL Hannah will also receive a silver-plated Reflections medallion, a certificate and letter signed by the National PTA president, and recognition in the annual PTA Reflections online gallery.

Of course Jim and Hannah are just a few of the extraordinarily talented children we have here in our schools. Reflections is an amazing opportunity to showcase those talented kids!

As all of you know, my parents, Richard and Beth, are both artists. My dad is a painter (and former Dean of Art at SUNY Alfred) and my mother is a former ceramicist who now creates collages, jewlery, etc. I was always afforded the opportunity to be in extracurricular arts activites, as well as always having exposure to the arts in regular school curriculum. And while both Seth and Jonah have regular art classes at Noe and Byck, respectfully, other students in this district don't. Carrithers Middle School just cancelled it's choir program due to budget constraints. For those students, choir was an opportunity to participate in a medium they love and to help them achieve their dreams of attending YPAS. Other schools incorporate arts into regular class time, but when crunched have to set it aside because as we know, art isn't on the assesment test. We know that an arts curriculum only ENHANCES what a school offers. Music can help with language, drawing can connect with mathmatics, and drama can help the most incredibly shy child shine, or the child who needs no encouragement find an outlet for thier energy. We need to make the arts a priority again. In our homes and in our schools. As Thoreau said, "the world is but a canvas to the imagination." Let's help our children and nurture their imagination, the next yo yo ma may be in your living room, waiting for his or her chance to shine!

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