Middle-School Students: Win $100 for a Poem or Essay!

VisA-INT-2nd Place, Alex 2017-18

Harmony, by Josephine B., MacArthur ES

The Alexandria Public Library system is offering a $100 prize to the winner of an essay and poetry contest for Alexandria middle-school students.

Rising 7th-, 8th-, and 9th-graders are invited to write a poem or essay that answers the question: “You’re Eighteen, And Your Friends Say They Don’t Want To Vote. What Do You Say?”

Entries in the For Love of Country writing contest are due September 8, 2018.

Click here for details, and write on!


And click here for information on more non-Reflections student contests in the arts!


Addy’s Magic Mirror

VociesExpress4 - May 21 2018 - Addy Flint feature in VoicesACPS featured Reflections photography winner Adelaide Flint in its “Voices” feature for May 21, 2018.

The link in the ACPS Express reads as follows:

Addy’s Magic Mirror

While undergoing treatment for recurrent cancer, fourth-grade student Adelaide Flint entered her moving self-portrait “Stronger” into the PTA Reflections contest. Her mom, Stacey Flint, says Addy has taken a challenging situation and made something awesome.

Here’s a link to the interview, conducted by Addy’s mom, and available here as a video and in transcript form.



What Goes Up Must Come Down…

Alexandria Art Show, 2018, Durant Center

A Visual Arts display from the 2017-18 Alexandria PTAC Reflections Art Show at the Durant Arts Center

5/11 UPDATE: Hardly anyone could make it tonight, so we’ll try again in a few days. I’ll let you know when we have a date.

Two months ago, we hung the Reflections art show at the Durant Center. Since then, members of the public have been able to enjoy our students’ work. But all good things must come to an end, and now, it’s time to take down the art. If you are free Friday evening, May 11, we could really use your help.

I’ll be starting at about 6:00 pm. Pulling the art down is a lot faster than putting it up, and the more people we have, the quicker we’ll be done. Can you help? Even a half-hour of your time will make a difference.

When we take down the art for your school, we can pull it from the frames on the spot so those of you who are school Reflections chairs can take it with you to return to the students.

You are welcome to bring kids along.

Alexandria’s National Winner!


Stronger, by Adelaide F., George Mason ES

George Mason fourth-grader Adelaide Flint has another honor to her name. She has been named a national winner in the Reflections Intermediate Photography category, with an Award of Merit (equal to a 3rd Place award) in the national contest! UPDATE: Click here for an interview with Addy.

Adelaide is one of  ten Northern Virginia students to win national awards_this year, and is the only national winner from Alexandria.

After earning 1st Place wins in the contests at George Mason Elementary, the City of Alexandria, Northern Virginia, and the state of Virginia, her photograph advanced to the national competition, where it was judged against the top winners from the other states. At each level, only the 1st Place winner advances to the next competition.

Adelaide’s entry also won the Alexandria City PTA Council’s Best in Show award.

Her photograph will soon gain a nationwide audience. It will be included in a traveling exhibit, “Within Reach,” that will begin its tour in January 2019 at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., where she and other winners will be celebrated. The tour concludes in June 2019 in Columbus, Ohio, at the 2019 National PTA Convention and Expo.

See the entire National Reflections Winners List here.

And Congratulations, Addy! We couldn’t be prouder.