The Okaloosa County Tax Collector, in partnership with the Okaloosa County School District, is pleased to announce the results of the recent Kids Tag Art fundraiser and art contest. Tax Collector Ben Anderson says, “The Kids Tag Art program, where 5th graders get to design and create their own specialty plate, garnered $5,536.00 for participating elementary schools!” He continues, “We were truly amazed at how well this program was received and just how successful it was for the participating schools.” Anderson explains, “The Kids Tag Art program is not just a fundraiser, it is something where teachers can inspire their art students to learn about and design their own specialty plate art and in the process, raise supplemental monies for classroom art supplies.” He continues, “It is also a one-of-a-kind art contest and recognition program where two 5th grade students from each participating school are selected as Award of Distinction Winners.” Anderson says, “We have some truly gifted, young artists in Okaloosa County and I had the honor of recognizing one of the Award winners as the Tax Collector’s Choice Award. Congratulations to all of the winners!” Monday, March 10, 2014, Anderson will recognize the contest winners at the Okaloosa County School Board meeting at 6pm at 120 Lowery Place in Ft. Walton Beach. “We were delighted to partner with Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson in offering this fundraising opportunity to the elementary schools. It is a creative method to help these schools earn much needed money to support their art programs.” Anderson continues, “We look forward to watching this initiative grow as more schools participate.” Award of Distinction winning tags are available for sale to the public at: www.OkaloosaTax.com. Proceeds from public sales go to the Okaloosa Education Trust Fund and will be evenly divided among participating schools.
|Bluewater Elementary: Jasmyn Garvey & Avery Morrison||Bob Sikes Elementary: Kianna Riley & Emma Newell||Edge Elementary: Melaina Bryant & Erin Gonyea|
|Florosa Elementary: Kaetlyn Truax & Jocelyn Hill||Elliott Point Elementary: Brandt Cox & India Shackelford||Kenwood Elementary: Car’Mora Mack & Dylan Dedmon|
|Liza Jackson Preparatory: Saren Williams & Mia DeRosa||Longwood Elementary: Devin Fritz & Wayne Friery||Northwood Elementary: Emily Mangers & Anastasia Brewer|
|Shalimar Elementary: John Kaleb Harrelson & Elsa Hallman||Tax Collector’s Choice Award winner: Madeleine Bouchard, Shalimar Elementary|