Reflections, the National Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) arts program, is designed to encourage students of all ages to express themselves, and be recognized, through art.
This year was Discovery Bay Elementary's first venture into the competition, and according to Principal Allen Petersdorf, the results were impressive.
"This is a fantastic program," said Petersdorf. "It gives the kids a nice outlet for their creativity and also provides them with the chance to try something they might not have before. We had a very nice response for our first year. We will definitely be doing this again."
The program covers four categories: literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts. All of this year's entrants from Discovery Bay Elementary were in the photography category. Four winners were chosen by a panel of local citizens, photographers and businesses, and this year's theme was I Can Make a Difference.
First-place winners in the Intermediate and Primary divisions were Jarod Landro and Kelly Williams. Fifth grader Jarod won for his photograph entitled "I Can Make a Difference … by Being Safe with Fire." The photo was taken in South Lake Tahoe at the site of his family's cabin, which was lost in the recent Angora wildfire.
Second grader Kelly took home a blue ribbon for her work entitled "I Can Make a Difference … by Keeping Our Water Clean." Kelly's picture was taken along the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park.
Rachel Landro, a third grader, won a second-place ribbon in the Intermediate division for "I Can Make a Difference … by Giggling with Grandma." And Faith Schenck, also a third grader, placed third with her photograph "I Can Make a Difference … by Being Responsible with our Water Supply."
The Reflections program is an annual event. The theme for 2008-09 is "Wow!" For more information, visit the PTA Web site, www.capta.org.