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DIXIELAND STUDENT RECEIVES TAX COLLECTOR CHOICE AWARD


DIXIELAND STUDENT RECEIVES TAX COLLECTOR CHOICE AWARD


Polk County Kids Tag Art County-wide Award

BARTOW, Florida/PR Free/June 7, 2011

On Tuesday, June 7th, Gabriela Vazquez, a fifth grade student at Dixieland Elementary School, was able to see her kids tag artwork projected on a large screen in front of an audience of family and fellow students. The Tax Collector, Joe Tedder, named Gabriela to be the latest 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 Mid Florida Credit Union, Douglass Screen Printers, Polk Education Foundation, Alphagraphics, Lakeland Junior Woman's Club of Lakeland, Polk Museum of Art, Ridge Art Association, Polk Arts Alliance and the Polk County Schools.

This unique program teaches applied art design by encouraging fifth 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.

On April 11, 2011, Tax Collector Tedder, on behalf of Polk County Kids Tag Art, presented the School Board with a check for $26,833. This is the fifth year the Tax Collector's Office has hosted this art program in Polk County Schools. The total combined monies that have been raised for Polk's art teachers exceed $89,000 for the 5 year period, which represents 100% of proceeds.

In recognition of her award, Gabriela received a special framed copy of her tag design, inscribed with her 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 and the Tax Collector will sport her Kid Tag design on the front bumper of his vehicle 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, go to www.PolkTaxes.com or contact Martha Roe Burke at the Polk County Tax Collector's Office, (863) 534-4722.


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