It’s more than just a way to beautify Florida’s roads. Kids Tag Art, a partnership between the Lee County Tax Collector and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, collected over $40,000 this year for art programs at 49 participating schools.
The program gave more than 5,600 Lee County fifth-graders the opportunity to create a design for front-end decorative license plates to be sold on leetc.com, the Lee County Tax Collector’s official website. Students were encouraged to come up with designs that fit with a “Reach for the Stars” theme.
“Our children deserve the highest level of art education possible, and they need to see how they can use art within the framework of the marketplace,” Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart said. “I’m proud that we’re able to encourage and contribute to the success of so many students. It’s goes hand in hand with our mission of service to the community.”
Two designs from each participating school were selected as Award of Distinction winners. A reception catered by the Downtown House of Pizza and Jason’s Deli was held for students who created the winning designs. Each school was presented with a check for $800 to be used for art supplies.
The program continues to raise money for School District of Lee County schools. The tags will remain available on leetc.com through the end of the school year, scheduled for May 31. They cost $20 plus $7.50 shipping and handling. Each Award of Distinction art design can also be purchased as a mug or mousepad.
AAA – The Auto Club Group is the program’s Premier Sponsor. Prominent Sponsors are Sam Galloway Ford and eGOV. Several other community sponsors support Kids Tag Art, including Auto Data Direct/Title Check, Miami Heart Research Institute, Lee County Electric Cooperative, LifeLink, Strayhorn & Persons, P.L., and Goldberg Noone, LLC.