Last week we had the pleasure of joining the Tax Collector’s Office to celebrate the participants and award winners from this year’s Kids Tag Art program.
Every year, fifth-graders from more than 80 public, private and charter schools across Polk County produce cosmetic tags for the program. All proceeds from the initiative support classroom art programs in our district, and each tag sold directly benefits the school that produced it.
Last year’s effort raised nearly $39,000 in Polk. To date, approximately $363,000 has been raised for art programs in our district, and more than $1 million has been generated by Kids Tag Art programs across the state.
“We have seen that if you mix talented students with amazing art teachers, you can not only generate hundreds of thousands of pieces of original art, but also raise over $1 million for arts education,” said Joe G. Tedder, tax collector for Polk County. “Because of the unwavering support of Polk County Public Schools, Southern Homes and our many generous sponsors; and the creativity of the Tax Collector’s Office, such an outcome has been possible. It is very gratifying to see the success of this program benefit so many.”