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Students take part in the Reflections Program

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A large number of North Bend Elementary students and their

parents participated in something special this year: the Reflections Program.

The Reflections Program is a national and Washington State PTA cultural

arts competition, created in 1969 as a way for children to create and be

recognized for original works of art based on a preselected theme. Through

the program, children who have never tried creating a piece of art get

the chance to experiment and feel good about their work.

This year's theme was "Anything is Possible …" There were four

categories of participation: visual arts, literature, music and photography.

This was the first year that North Bend Elementary School

participated in the program. NBE parent Katy Sansburn put together a committee

of other parents including Shawn Boynton, Kerry Crowley, Patti

Gates, Janie Magnan, Lynn McCulley, Robin Sims-Brown, Christy Thayer

and Tricia Walker. The committee focused on gaining student participation

and involvement.

The committee made program presentations at PTA meetings and

school assemblies, while the "Reflections Characters" visited classrooms to

generate excitement. Students worked on their creations at home (without

parent or teacher help) and at specially sponsored school recess times.

Forty-nine NBE students participated in the program this year.

They were Lisa Eytel, Rachel Apone, Samantha Prins, Brandon

Deach, Charlene Sikos, Willie Jensen, Amanda Sikos, Heidi Spohn,

Erik Spohn, Leah Ketchum, Brianna Thurston, Cailee Olson,

Brenham Jacobs, Christine Pochop, Ashley Stringfellow, Rhiannon

Thayer, Nicholas Crandell, Alex Pease, Megan McCulley, Hayley Koellen,

Jessica Adams, Kara Clearman, Kristin Walker, Amanda Gates, Taylor

Van Cleave, Alex Crandell, Tyler Walker, Benjamin Olson, Tess

Sollitto, Stephen Eytel, Maggie Burrows, Erin Reeh, Kasey Channita, Annie

Lynn Horsch, Katricia Stewart, Jayme Harris, Jesse Reeh, Sarah Pohle,

Megan Horsch, Genna Magnan, Christina Finley, Asher Hingston, Heather

Furnish, Nicole Deach, Zachary Boynton, Gene Marie Thompson,

Timothy Proudfoot, Lael Keitto and Peyton McCulley.

Four of the participants placed in the program and their work will

advance to the state level for further judging: Samantha Prins, visual

arts; Erik Spohn, literature; Stephen Eytel, photography and Amanda Sikos,

music. Depending on their placement in the state judging, they could go on

to the national level.

On Monday, Jan. 31, North Bend Elementary held a special assembly to

honor the children who were involved with the program. A slide show

showcased all the entries and everyone who entered the contest received a

special ribbon and pencil as recognition.

The participating students entered their names for a drawing to

have lunch with the principal. Zachary Boynton, Nicholas Crandell,

Lisa Eytel, Amanda Gates and Jesse Reeh had a fun-filled pizza party with

Mrs. Sirianni after the assembly.

The student's creations are now available for viewing at the

following local businesses: Blockbuster Video, the North Bend Theatre,

MarketPlace, Pufferbellies, QFC and Safeway in North Bend. They will remain on

display for the next few weeks.

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