The Chesapeake Council Parent Teacher Association (CCPTA) held their annual citywide Reflections awards ceremony on December 10, 2020. The virtual awards ceremony celebrated talented students from schools across the district who placed first in their schools’ Reflections contests. This year, seventeen PTA units associated with our schools participated in the Reflections program. A total of 54 school-level first place entries were entered into the citywide contest. The first place winners were selected by CCPTA and will move forward to the Southeastern District competition.
The National Reflections Awards Program offers students in Pre-K through grade 12, and a special artist division, an opportunity to create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. The 2020-21 Reflections theme, “I Matter Because…”, sparked imagination and creativity in our schools, in our community, and in our students’ homes. Tracy Keller, CCPTA Reflections Chairperson, said
“This year’s theme was especially relevant to give our students an opportunity to share their insights, thoughts, and hopes through their media of choice. COVID may have taken many things from us but what we learned from these young, talented artists is that one thing COVID cannot take away our voice, our ideas, our creativity, and our art.”
The virtual ceremony, conducted on Zoom, was moderated by the CCPTA and featured special recorded comments by Superintendent, Dr. Jared Cotton, and School Board Chairperson, Ms. Victoria Proffitt. Families who participated in the virtual recognition and awards celebration were encouraged to use Zoom reaction buttons throughout the ceremony to honor the student artists.