Governor, Florida Cabinet Honor Kids Tag Art Program
FL Tax Collectors Raise $1 Million for Elementary Art Programs; Pinellas Leads the Way
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – $1 million could buy 10 million Crayola broad line washable markers. Or 75,471 gallons of Elmer’s school glue. Or 84,000 pounds of clay. Thanks to an unconventional ally, Florida art teachers have now received exactly that – $1 million – from a seemingly unlikely source: Tax Collectors.
On June 13, Governor Rick Scott, along with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, will honor the Florida Tax Collectors’ Kids Tag Art program at the Florida Cabinet Meeting in Tallahassee.
Kids Tag Art is a partnership between Florida Tax Collectors, local school districts, and business sponsors. Launched in 2006, Kids Tag Art allows students to become real-world designers, creating unique front license plate designs that can be printed on real metal plates. Proceeds from tag sales and sponsorships are then donated to schools to pay for art supplies and art-themed field trips.
The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office launched its Kids Tag Art Pinellas program in 2015. Since then, the office has raised over $144,000, leading the state in donations for the last three school years. All proceeds go directly to elementary art teachers as well as a fine arts scholarship fund at St. Petersburg College.
“Art teaches students to become creative problem solvers and gives them the outlet to express themselves in a positive way. Kids Tag Art is our creative solution to help out our elementary art teachers so they don’t have to go out of pocket to buy classroom supplies,” said Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas.
Statewide, 15 Tax Collectors currently participate in the Kids Tag Art program. More than 24,000 students at 284 Florida schools participated in Kids Tag Art last school year, including 2,000 fifth graders at 43 public elementary schools in Pinellas County. Since 2006, 164,578 students statewide have participated in Kids Tag Art.
As part of the program, the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office loads student artwork to a website where parents, relatives, and art lovers can purchase the design. Tags are printed on metal front license plates. 2018-2019 tags go on sale in November 2018. In addition to raising funds, Kids Tag Art Pinellas is also a juried art competition, with winners receiving medals, framed artwork, and donated prizes.
The Pinellas County Tax Collector is currently seeking sponsors for the 2018-2019 school year. Sponsor benefits include free ad space inside car registration renewal notices, a TV commercial played inside Tax offices, and the opportunity to present an award at the Kids Tag Art Pinellas ceremony. For sponsorship information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.