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Program Has Raised Over $150,000 in Seven Years

04/16/13 - BARTOW

Kids Tag Art, a 5th grade school art project created by the Tax Collector's Office for Polk County, celebrated its seventh year with a $32,828 check presented to the Polk County School Board, by Tax Collector Joe G. Tedder at their board meeting earlier this month. This total represents the combined monies going to public schools as supplemental arts funding for the 2012-2013 school year. The cumulative seven-year total has now grown to $156,957, which includes dollars generated for private and charter schools as well, according to Tedder's office.

Sonja Johnson, the art instructor at Spessard Holland Elementary has raised $2,159 in her four years teaching there. "My students participate in KTA enthusiastically because they get to completely express themselves with almost no limitations. I participate, as a teacher, because I enjoy watching the synergy of the students as they collaborate."

Colleen Holland, Visual Arts Specialist with Bartow Elementary Academy adds, "The Tag Art program is very important to my students at Bartow Academy. It gives our 5th grade students a chance to create a wonderful piece of artwork, and proceeds go to support our school art program. The kids love having a special ceremony for their work, and it allows everyone to see our artwork throughout the community on family vehicles."

For the second year, Southern Homes of Polk County is the major sponsor. Southern Homes, a local home builder whose key market is first-time home buyers, sees a connection between young families and Kids Tag Art.

Jared Weggeland, Director of Sales and Marketing for Southern Homes sums it up this way, "Southern Homes wants to nurture the creative thought process in tomorrow's work force, tomorrow's leaders. We want to encourage creative problem-solving and develop the future entrepreneurs that will propel the local and macro economy to even greater innovations and successes. Plus, creativity is fun! Education should include having fun, don't you think?"

In addition to Southern Homes, other generous sponsors of Kids Tag Art this year include founding sponsors Douglass Screen Printers, Inc., Alphagraphics, Polk Education Foundation, Vecchio, Carrier and Feldman, P.A., along with MIDFLORIDA, Florida Heart Research Institute, and Grasslands & OakBridge. Also recognized were KTA partners Polk Museum of Art, Polk Arts Alliance, Polk County Schools and The Tax Collector's Office for Polk County who hosts the Kids Tag Art program.


Pictured above: From Left to Right, Leonard Mass, Drummond Company, Lori Cunningham, School Board Member District 2,
Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector, Patricia Lamb, Senior Fine Arts Coordinator, PCSB, and Lisa Kaiser Hickey, Douglass Screen

Pictured above: From Left to Right, Patricia Lamb and Lisa Kaiser Hickey, founding board members, receive recognition from
Tax Collector Joe Tedder and Martha Roe Burke, KTA coordinator.

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