Last night, the school held its Exhibition and Recognition Night for the PTA Reflections program. For me, it marked an end (pretty much....) to months of work--executing promotional plans; receiving students' art and literature entries; finding and dining with judges; tabulating results; producing awards, certificates and a wrap-up movie; and coordinating last night.
Everything went very well last night. After some rough patches along the journey--and my technical difficulties dealing with my laptop and the school's projection system [I was so nervous about switching between PowerPoint and the movie and back that I kept hitting the 'ctrl' button instead of the 'fn' button. At least one in the audience said a prayer for me in that 30 seconds of "dead air." If you've had that kind of a moment, you can feel the sweat beading up about now....]--I can honestly say that last night was...
A little sad!
We got to put the kids' names up with their work. It had been all "blind" up until that point, except to my eyes, so it was a relief and a joy to give the kids all the credit they deserved for their work. I got to talk with a few kids, and I know their names (even their middle names!) so well now that I could have a real conversation with them!
But then, the artwork came down, and many pieces went back home. Although they all left with Certificates of Merit, I wish it wasn't a competition. Because you really shouldn't judge creativity.
But, eight are moving on to the County competition, and I need to get their entries off next week. (See, pretty much done.... It's like having more kids! When are you really done?!) So, because I know you're curious. Here is the movie with the kids' entries--85 entries in all, including the first song featured and the film clip. Enjoy!