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Fifth Graders' Art Now on Display through July

BARTOW, Florida/PR Free/January 14, 2011

Kids Tag Art, a fifth grade art contest and fundraising project, is proud to announce the 2010-2011 Kids Tag Art Awards of Distinction. [Click here for listing]

Kids Tag Art, a project created by the Polk County Tax Collector's Office, inspires young artists in 5th grade 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.

In September of each year, art teachers from participating elementary schools guide their students in classroom design creation. Teachers set guidelines for their students they believe will generate creative, award-winning artwork. After the students create their artwork, it is scanned and made into a unique polycarbonate tag which can be purchased as a keepsake or given as gifts. Then in October, parents/relatives have the exclusive opportunity to purchase their child's design through school sales drives. However, these tags are strictly art and not for use as legal identification on the rear bumper of cars.

This year, on February 5, a reception was held at Polk Museum of Art to honor these students and their families. Honorable Joe G. Tedder and other local dignitaries presented each student with a Certificate of Distinction. Approximately 160 students representing over 80 public, private and charter schools and their families were present at the event.

The major sponsor this year is Mid Florida Credit Union with returning sponsors Douglass Screen Printers, Inc., Alphagraphics, Polk Education Foundation, Polk Museum of Art, Junior Women's Club of Lakeland, Polk Arts Alliance, Lake Wales Art Center, Polk County Schools, and the Polk County Tax Collector's Office, which hosts the event each year.

Kids Tag Art designs may still be viewed and purchased by going online to the Tax Collector's website, The price of the tag is $15 and the proceeds from the sale of tags remain with that student's school to be used exclusively for teacher art supplies. For more information, please call (863) 899-8200.


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