Students from 52 Pinellas Elementary Schools Honored at Kids Tag Art Pinellas Award Ceremony

Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas, pictured with Tax Collector Choice Award winner Madison E. of Fuguitt Elementary School in Largo, Fla.

Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas, pictured with Tax Collector Choice Award winner Madison E. of Fuguitt Elementary School in Largo, Fla.

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — 500-plus supporters packed the Largo High School auditorium on Thursday, January 17, all in the name of license plate art. Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas hosted the Kids Tag Art Pinellas award ceremony, honoring 5th graders from 52 local schools. Students created front license plates designs during art class, with a juried art panel selecting the top designs for awards. Winning artists received medals, certificates, and framed copies of their artwork.

Thomas was joined onstage by Kevin Hendrick, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services for Pinellas County Schools. At the ceremony, Thomas congratulated the students and encouraged them to stay bold and true to themselves.

“We believe our leaders of tomorrow need to be creative thinkers. And art is all about creativity. There is no limit to what you can accomplish,” said Thomas.

The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office has raised over $125,000 for elementary art programs and college scholarships through Kids Tag Art Pinellas from sponsor donations and the online sale of student-designed front license plates. The metal tags can be purchased for $15 apiece through January 31 at kidstagartpinellas.org.

Winning artwork will be displayed at all six Pinellas County Tax Collector office locations.

Kids Tag Art is made possible by generous community sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor Bay Star Restaurant Group, Sunshine State Tag Agency, Tag Agency of Pinellas, Dex Imaging, Direct Mail Systems, Bill 2 Pay, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and Lauren’s Kids. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, visit taxcollect.com/KTA.

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ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office. Responsibilities include collecting and distributing state and local taxes and providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. For more information, visit taxcollect.com.