Children and their families from across the state gathered at Miillikin University in Decatur to celebrate the arts and the accomplishments of youth. The event is exactly what PTA is all about - Engaging key stakeholders to ensure children realize their potential. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. Empowering children to realize that one individual can make a difference through their actions contributes to a positive productive environment for everyone.

he Reflections display showcasing art pieces advancing to the state level was well received. Children were thrilled to find and show off their work to their families and other attendees. Milliken University exemplifies the true sense of utilizing their resources as a catalyst in developing the arts. Third grade through high school students in attendance were given an opportunity to further explore their areas of interest through workshops specially designed for them by Milliken students and staff. The children and any family members who wished to accompany their children were immersed in the college scene as the workshops were held in the studios on campus. PTA board members worked with the kindergarten through second graders in providing some hands on experiences, keeping them engaged in celebrating the arts as well. Signs of creativity were present everywhere.

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