LAHAINA - Students at local Maui schools this year participated in PTA Reflections, a national arts recognition program.
Through the PTAs at seven Maui schools, 224 students submitted creative works inspired by the 201112 Reflections Program theme of "Diversity Means." Works include entries in literature, photography and the visual arts.
Participating schools included King Kamehameha III Elementary, Lihikai Elementary, Pomaika'i Elementary, Pukalani Elementary, Lahaina Intermediate School, Lahainaluna High School and King Kekaulike High School.
Students' works will be on display at Lahaina Cannery Mall from Feb. 9-12. An awards ceremony for those students whose entries have been selected to represent Maui at the state level will be held at the mall's center stage at 4 p.m. on Feb. 12.
"The Maui Region PTA is excited to be having our annual program at the Lahaina Cannery Mall again this year," said Liz Sager, president of the Hawaii State PTSA. "The PTA feels very strongly that the arts are an important part of our children's education, but budget cuts make it increasingly difficult to include art in the curriculum," she added.
"In addition to recognizing our talented students, our hope is that holding the ceremony at the Lahaina Cannery Mall will help to increase community awareness of the importance of arts education."
For over 40 years, the national PTA Reflections Program has encouraged students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents.