2011-12-08 / Schools
Brookside students show their artsy side
Thirty-seven students submitted 61 entries into the art competition in seven categories, said Vida Jatulis, chair of this year’s event.
Reflections is a national PTA program that encourages students to explore all forms of art.
Students from all grade levels participated in this year’s event by submitting entries of original musical compositions, literature, dance, video productions, photography and visual arts tied in with the theme, “Diversity means . . .”
Brookside students were recognized in each category. Winners at the school level will compete at the PTA district level in January.
In visual arts, Alison Wu, Tatiyana Subotnick, Spencer Driggs, Madeline DeMattia, Katie Hearst, Teyen Iremonger and Hannah Sun were honored.
For submissions in the literature category, Rachel Driggs, Joshua Cox, Sophie Burstein, Elisha Tong, Alina Tong, Camryn Cox and Miles Friedman went home with awards.
Photography winners were Andrew Hearst, Elisha Tong, Carson Ritvo, Tiffany Lu and Miles Friedman.
Emily Merino painted a colorful picture to express her feelings about diversity. Attached to her picture was an explanation: “Diversity means colorful, because even though people are black, brown or white or any other color, what’s important is your heart.”
Jatulis said Brookside has hosted the PTA Reflections program for the past six years.
“The program is so valuable— it gives students a chance to express themselves artistically, and to compete and be recognized and celebrated,” Jatulis said. “I think creativity and self-expression are instrumental in developing the whole child.”
Jatulis said that because the program has an annual theme that can be expressed in various art forms, it is easy for a wide range of students to participate.
Julie Prince, Brookside’s PTA president, said state budget cuts have made programs like Reflections all the more important by allowing children the opportunity to express themselves artistically.