“Black lives do matter and this theme I Matter Because... allows us to connect with what so many of our black and brown children are feeling every day,” King said in an August video where she reflected on the widespread protests, and committed to encouraging and elevating participation within more diverse schools and communities.
“Please understand that these efforts are not just a reaction to this year’s demonstrations,” King said. “PTA has long been the conscience of this country. For 123 years we have used our collective voice to advocate for our most valuable and vulnerable resource--our children.”
King said the social unrest demonstrated why the National PTA’s continued commitment to and advocacy for equity, diversity and inclusion was important. And she shared her hope that opportunities like Reflections--which has always been an outlet for students to “talk, show and express their true selves”--would serve as an invitation for “our students of color (to) share in and feel inspired by the theme I Matter Because…”
Eckstein students are encouraged to submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Submission guidelines and an entry form can be found here.
Eckstein’s deadline is Monday Nov 2; winners will advance to the next level of competition. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round where more than 200 students are recognized for their achievements in the arts and their works are exhibited throughout the year. Top national-level winners receive prizes and scholarships and their works are showcased and exhibited.
For more information, contact parent volunteer Rachael Levy.