PORT HENRY The Moriah Central School Parent-Teacher Association has officially kicked off the 2008-2009 National PTA Reflections Program. The theme for this years program is WOW!! Reflections is a national arts recognition and achievement program which encourages students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade to express their thoughts and feelings through the creative arts. This years categories are literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts, dance choreography and film/video production. Reflections was developed to interest children, parents, teachers and communities in the arts, said Brenda Baker, president of the Moriah PTA. The arts are an important part of every childs education, not just those that have a unique talent. The arts allow children to express their feelings and ideas. The PTA Reflections program supplements our schools art program. The works of art will be judged by local professionals and selected works will be advanced to the North Country Region PTA. From that point, selected works will advance to the state or national levels for judging. The National PTA Reflections Program is more than 38 years old. Ten million-plus students have participated in the program since it was created. This is the second year Moriah Central School PTA has participated in the program. Students will have until Nov. 3 to work on their entries and submit them for judging. After the judging takes place, each entry will be tagged accordingly and an exhibition night will be held at the school on Friday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. so parents, teachers, relatives, friends and students can view all submissions into the program. Last years winners at regional were: Samuel Russo, fifth grade visual arts; Jordan Speshock, fifth grade film/video; Kyle Dever, eighth grade literature, each receiving $50.00. First grade visual arts participant Dyani Bryant received an honorable mention. Six Outstanding Interpretation Awards recipientsone from each arts area is chosen from among all of the Award of Excellence recipients. The six Outstanding Interpretation Awards recognize the most creative interpretation of the theme in each of the arts areas, regardless of grade division. They will receive an expense paid trip for themselves and one adult to the National PTA Convention where all of the art works will be displayed from around the US, a $750.00 arts education award, and a gold plated Reflections medallion. This years theme of WOW will stimulate a different response from last years theme of I can make a difference by, Baker said. The PTA enjoys having the students creative talents recognized and watching their self-esteem develop. We hope, in the future years to come, that more children will be enriched through the arts. Our organization is involved in key child education and welfare issues. We serve as advocates for children and families in schools, the community and before government agencies. We have 45 students entered in this years program, and we wish each and every one of them the best of luck, while most of all encouraging fun. For further information on the Reflections program, contact Baker at 546-7234.