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ROCHELLE STUDENT RECEIVES TAX COLLECTOR CHOICE AWARD


ROCHELLE STUDENT RECEIVES TAX COLLECTOR CHOICE AWARD


This is the first year that Polk County Kids Tag Art has offered this county-wide award.

BARTOW, Florida/PR Free/June 4, 2009

On Wednesday, during the 5th Grade Commencement Program at Rochelle School of the Arts, art student Chase Boutwell was surprised to see his kids tag artwork projected on a large screen in front of an audience of family and fellow students. It was then Boutwell learned that Tax Collector Joe Tedder had named him to be the first recipient of the Tax Collector Choice Award.

Kids Tag Art is a county-wide art project hosted by the Polk County Tax Collector's Office, in conjunction with Central Florida Eurocars, Douglass Screen Printers, Lakeland Junior Woman's Club, Polk Museum of Art, Ridge Art Association, and the Polk County Schools.

This unique program teaches applied art design by encouraging 5th graders to create their own personal tag art which can be produced as vanity tags for front bumpers and keepsakes. All the proceeds go to art teachers for classroom art supplies. To date, over $45,000 has been raised since its inception in 2006.

In recognition of his award, Chase received a special framed copy of his tag design, inscribed with his name and the award. The tag was custom made with "Tax Collector Choice" on the bottom of the tag.

The Tax Office will have an identical copy on display in the Tax Collector's Office lobby in Bartow.

After the graduation ceremony, the Tax Collector and Boutwell went outside, surrounded by family and friends, where the two installed the award winning kids tag on the front bumper of Tedder's vehicle.

Boutwell's kids tag will be featured on Tedder's car for one year.

Kid Tags are still available for purchase by visiting www.PolkTaxes.com. The cost of the tag is $15.

For more information on Kids Tag Art, contact Martha Roe Burke at the Polk County Tax Collector's Office, (863) 534-4722.



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