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Award of Distinction Designs Now On Sale To The Public

BARTOW, Florida / PR Free / October 13, 2006

Fifth grade art students from all over Polk County will have the unique experience of what it feels like to be a celebrated artist, when their Kids Tag Art winning designs are put up for sale today on the Polk County Tax Collector's website.

Last month, student designs from each participating school were assembled for judging. Thousands of designs were submitted and evaluated. Selections of the top two entries from each school were made. Those top entries are now available to the public.

In August, Tax Collector Joe Tedder, in conjunction with Central Florida Eurocars, Douglass Screen Printers, Junior Woman's Club of Lakeland, Polk Museum of Art, Ridge Art Association and Polk County Schools, introduced a design contest to the public school art teachers, inviting them to develop a curriculum to teach applied art techniques to their students, in the form of a specialty tag design.

These tags are not for the rear of the car, where registration plates and decals are mounted. Instead, these plastic tags can be displayed on the front bumper of cars, on walls, or given as gifts. The tags may be purchased for $15 and all the proceeds go back to the classroom art teachers.

Central Florida Eurocars is the major sponsor for the first annual program of its kind and according to owner Steve Uiterwyk, "It was a natural fit with our Vision and Values. We are thrilled to be involved." Both Eurocars and Douglass Screen Printers exclusively support the Arts in Polk County.

According to Tedder, the project originated at the Tax Collector's office, whose employees have over the years, volunteered in one or two elementary schools during business 'teach-in' days. The kids eagerly grasped the art project and staff worked to build a tag art program around this fun learning concept. This year, with the help of participating sponsors, the project was expanded countywide and made available to every elementary art teacher and 5th grader in the county could participate.

"We know that art teachers would like to expand their curriculum if they had more dollars to spend on supplies. It is our hope that this project will give them the monetary support they need to grow the classroom art experience," stated Tedder.

Forty-one schools ultimately participated in the project, instructing the children about specialty license tags and inviting the students to design their own individual tags. Teachers were able to use whatever mediums they chose, to teach the children the practical application of design for use on promotional license plates.

The individual children's designs are available for purchase by going to and clicking on Polk County Kids Tag Art. The public can scroll through all the winning tags and order a tag, using the order form found on that link.

Tags may be ordered online beginning today. Tags ordered before December 1 will be delivered in time for the holidays.

For more information, contact the Polk County Tax Collector's Office at (863)534-4722.


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