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LAKE WALES TAX COLLECTOR OFFICES CLOSE TEMPORARILY


ART PROGRAM DONATES $33,507 IN RECORD-BREAKING 6TH YEAR


Kids Tag Art Reaches New Heights

BARTOW, Florida/PR Free/April 19, 2012

Kids Tag Art, a 5th grade school art project created by the Polk County Tax Collector's Office, recently presented the Polk County School Board with a check for $30,108, bringing their combined total proceeds to $115,420 in the six years since the program?s inception.

This year, with Southern Homes of Polk County as their major sponsor, Kids Tag Art has broken records for the highest yearly donation as well as exceeding $100,000 in total classroom arts support.

?We are involved with Kids Tag Art because our business has its roots in Polk County,? stated Greg Masters, President of Southern Homes, who addressed the Polk County School Board members. ?First-time home buyers are those young families whose children benefit from this outstanding program.?

In addition to Southern Homes, other sponsors of Kids Tag Art this year include Douglass Screen Printers, Inc., Alphagraphics, Polk Education Foundation, Grasslands & OakBridge, Vecchio, Carrier and Feldman, P.A., and Florida Heart Research Institute. Polk Museum of Art, Junior Women?s Club of Lakeland, Polk Arts Alliance, Lake Wales Art Center, and Polk County Schools partnered with The Polk County Tax Collector?s Office in hosting the Kids Tag Art program.

According to Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County and the honorary chairman of the board, this year also marks the first year that it has grown beyond Polk County. Tax Collectors from Highlands County and Charlotte County have initiated Kids Tag Art this past year, with other tax offices around the state evaluating the program for their counties.

Tedder informed the School Board officials that this year?s art was the best yet. ?With 100% of the proceeds going back into the classroom to supplemental teacher supplies, you can see the enhanced level of instruction and performance that the teachers are achieving by just looking at the outstanding art being created. The proof of the success of this program is self-evident.?

Polk County Schools, including charter schools, received $30,108 in this school year, while private schools were awarded $3,399, for a combined annual total of $33,507 and a combined six-year total of and $122,157.

For more information, go to www.PolkTaxes.com.



Pictured above: From Left to Right, Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector, Dick Mullenax, School Board Member District 4, Leonard Mass, Drummond Company, Miranda Collins, Polk Education Foundation, Cindy Hartley Ross, KTA Board Member, Greg Masters, President, Southern Homes, Ellen Chastain, Education Manager, Polk Museum of Art, Rossely Martinez, Douglass Screen Printers.

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