Tween Wins Award from PTA’s Reflections Arts Program

By Carolyn Richardson

Reflections Arts Program

Dominic Aloe’s winning entry Puffy Clouds, Blue Sky that won him an Award of Merit for the 2015-2016 California PTA Reflections Arts Program.

Kudos are in order for Dominic Aloe, who won an Award of Merit from the California PTA Reflections Arts Program for his photograph of white clouds against a brilliant blue sky.

A San Marino middle-school student, Aloe shot his prize-winning picture from the playground of Frostig School, where he enjoys an after-school art class. His instructor, Frostig art teacher Jessica Monares-Jimenez, has been helping Dominic explore his passion for photography while also introducing him to painting, drawing and sculpture.

“Dominic loves his art class and photography,” his mother, Noelle Aloe, says. “We are thrilled he has been recognized for doing something he loves.” The PTA’s Reflections Art Program is a national initiative created to increase community awareness of the importance of arts in education. Aloe entered his photograph, “Puffy Clouds, Blue Sky,” in the program, now in its 47th year.  Aloe was one of eight Award of Merit winners in PTA District 1, which stretches from Burbank to Pomona.

Reflections Arts Program

Frostig’s after-school teacher Jessica Monares-Jimenez with student Dominic Aloe.

The 2016-2017 theme of the Reflections Arts Program is “What is Your Story” and entries will be accepted beginning July 1 from students of all grades and abilities in dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. While this year’s contest has concluded, those interested in registering their arts program can use the PTA Reflections Tool Kit and get more information about forms and deadlines from the California PTA at or by calling 916-440-1985 x. 329.

Frostig School, located in Pasadena, offers an after-school tutoring and enrichment program that is open to students attending schools throughout the area. Ms. Monares-Jimenez works with individuals and small groups, teaching ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing and other media, depending on the child’s interests.

The after-school program also provides tutoring and homework support, as well as classes in music, dance and filmmaking. For more information, visit or call 626-791-1255.

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