Pinellas 5th Graders Recognized for Creativity

Kevin Hendrick, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services, Tax Collector Choice Award winner Zi’Jana T. from Douglas Jamerson Elementary in St. Petersburg, and Charles W. Thomas, Pinellas County Tax Collector.

Pictured above is Kevin Hendrick, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services, Tax Collector Choice Award winner Zi’Jana T. from Douglas Jamerson Elementary in St. Petersburg, and Charles W. Thomas, Pinellas County Tax Collector.

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – More than 500 supporters filled the Largo High School Auditorium last month to recognize license plate art.  Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas hosted the fifth annual Kids Tag Art Pinellas award ceremony, honoring 5th graders from 53 local elementary schools. During art class, students created front license plate designs, with a panel of judges selecting the top designs for awards. Winning artists received medals, certificates, and framed copies of their artwork.

Kevin Hendrick, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services for Pinellas County Schools, joined Thomas onstage for the presentation of awards. At the ceremony, Thomas congratulated each student for being selected as an “Award of Excellence” winner in recognition of their artistic talent.

“Not only does the Kids Tag Art Pinellas program allow us to give back to our community, it gives us this amazing opportunity to recognize these young artists for their creativity.  The students are clearly the stars of this program,” said Thomas.

The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office has raised over $183,000 for elementary art programs 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 each through February 29th at kidstagartpinellas.org.

Winning artwork will be displayed at all six Pinellas County Tax Collector office locations. A video highlighting the Kids Tag Art Pinellas program and award ceremony can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/M_Wpnwf2mA0.

Kids Tag Art is made possible by generous community sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, CiCis Pizza, Direct Mail Systems, Bill 2 Pay, Motor Vehicle Network, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Heart Research Foundation, Foxy Photography, D-Print, 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.