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Fifth Graders' Art Now on Sale to the Public

BARTOW, Florida/PR Free/Novemeber 5, 2008

Kids Tag Art, a fundraising project that inspires fifth grade art students to design their own specialty plate art, announces the 2008 Awards of Distinction.

These fifth grade art students from all over Polk County will also 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,

Kids Tag Art inspires young artists to create their own unique design, learning the practical application of license plate art to support worthy causes, fashioned after Florida's 100+ specialty license plates. However, these tags are strictly art and not for use as legal identification on the rear bumper of cars.

The program is a joint project of Central Florida Eurocars, Douglass Screen Printers, Polk County Tax Collector, Polk County Schools, Junior Woman's Club of Lakeland, Polk Museum of Art and Ridge Art Association.

Steve Uiteryk, President and owner of Central Florida Eurocars in Lakeland is the major sponsor for Kids Tag Art. "We are pleased to be involved with this unique program that offers the students of Polk County the opportunity to see their artwork become a finished product. The participation of so many in the community makes this such a beneficial program for the art classrooms throughout the county." In its first two years, the project has sold over 2200 tag art plates, raising over $ 30,000 for local schools art programs.

Parents can purchase their child's design through school sales conducted in September of each year. Their child's design is individually scanned and made into a unique polycarbonate tag which can be purchased as a keepsake or given as gifts. Lisa Kaiser Hickey is the owner and president of Douglass Screen Printers who produces the tags and has been integrally involved from the inception of the project.

"Douglass Screen Printers has built its 70 year legacy on creativity. We wholeheartedly support not only the arts in general but the Kids Tag Art program in particular because it encourages creativity and independent thought in our leaders of tomorrow," comments Hickey.

The price of a tag is $15 and all proceeds go to classroom art supplies. Parents and friends can order from the winning designs up until Dec 10 for holiday gift-giving. Orders must be postmarked by the 10th in order to be delivered by the 25th. Tag art will be on the website and available for sale through the 2009 school year.

Now into its third year, Kids Tag Art is a reality in two counties. This year, both Polk and Okaloosa County Tax Collectors hosted the project with other counties requesting information.

Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County adds, "We think that this is a unique project that brings partners together for a worthwhile cause that benefits the entire county. It's a fun learning experience for kids too."

A reception for students and their parents is planned to recognize the students' achievement on February 21, 2009 at Polk Museum of Art.

The History of Kids Tag Art?

Back in 2006, the Polk County Tax Collector's Office, with help from local businesses and community groups, put together a fundraising project with the Polk County School Board that would teach children art design while raising much-needed monies for classroom art supplies.

During the month of September, teachers guide students in classroom design creation. Teachers may set whatever guidelines for their students they believe will generate creative, award-winning artwork. Parents can order their students' art design at this time.

In early October, thousands of designs are submitted from all across the county for judging which is conducted at Polk Museum of Art. Selections of the top two entries from each school are made. Those top entries become available to the public for sale on the Polk County Tax Collector's website:

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, tax collector employees volunteered in the schools and at open houses to raise awareness and to help stimulate student creativity.

Where to View Tag Art?

This year's tag art is available for viewing online where 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. Previous years' tags may also be viewed online.

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


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