Kids Tag Art Award Ceremony

Kids Tag Art - Indian River Inc board members (from left to right) Joe Flescher, Chris Sexton, Carole Jean Jordan, Tiffany Justice, Kira Honse, Eric Flowers, Jeff Smith, along with Superintendent Mark Rendell.

Kids Tag Art recognized the artistic talent of 43 Indian River County student artists on Tuesday, November 13th.  The happy event was held at the McAfee Hall at First Presbyterian Church and featured just over an hour of recognition, presentation of award medals and certificates, and the kids’ favorite part – cake!


These creative 5th graders were selected by the Kids Tag Art judges:  local artist Sean Sexton, photographer Michael Jackson, and the Director of Education at Vero Beach Museum of Art, Sara Klein.  Awards were presented by Carole Jean Jordan, Tax Collector, Indian River County and Dr. Mark J. Rendell, Indian River County Superintendent of Schools, as well as major sponsors, the Live Like Cole Foundation and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation.


“We are excited to use this program to showcase the imaginative flair of Indian River County students,” Carole Jean Jordan, Tax Collector, stated.  She continued, “Kids Tag Art is especially appreciative of our sponsors for providing the supplies and awards to create this opportunity for all 5th graders in our communities.”


Tiffany Justice, Kids Tag Art Board Member and School Board Member, said, “it’s exciting to see local organizations and businesses engage with our schools to help our students develop their gifts and explore a different side of learning.”


For more information about the program, visit or call 772-226-1745.

Award Recipients


Individual School Winners

Beachland Elem.– Ruby D. & Gabriella C.

Citrus Elem. – Wilnyah S. & Adie W.

Dodgertown Elem. – Jasmine P. & John C.

Fellsmere Elem. – Ketzaly C. & Belinda C.

Glendale Elem. – Lilly W. & Summer S.

Indian River Acad. – Matthew W. & Maxwell B.

Liberty Magnet – Kaylee S. & Gabriella R.

Master’s Academy – Payton W. & Caroline M.

Osceola Magnet – Gregory K. & Elise H.

Pelican Island Elem. – Sasha H. & Kandice G.

Rosewood Magnet – Darci W. & Angelina T-B.

Sebastian Elem. – Ethan H. & Adrianna T.

St. Edward – Aerin R. & Payton A.

St. Helen – Keira C. & Reese F.

St. Peter – Nicholas M. & Tyrina B.

Treasure Coast Elem. – Neela P. & Zyrianna P.

Vero Beach Elem. – Brittany O. & Cristel G.

Willow School – Jaiden C. & Aryiah S.


Overall Award

Payton W. of Master’s Academy

Ethan H. of Sebastian Elementary


Live Like Cole Award

Miriam B. of Dodgertown Elementary

Reese F. of St. Helen’s

Aubrey F. of Liberty Magnet


Harbor Branch Award

Ka’Miya H. of Dodgertown Elementary

Marely A. of Fellsmere Elemenatary

Donovan M. of Fellsmere Elementary

James R. of Rosewood Magnet


Superintendent’s Choice Award

Isaiah W. of Sebastian Elementary


Tax Collector’s Choice Award

Elise H. of Osceola Elementary

Carole Jean Jordan presenting the Tax Collector's Choice Award

Here are the top designs from each school for the 2018-2019 school year. For ordering information, contact

A word from our sponsor...

"My brother, Cole, was always the person who stuck up for the underdog and sat with the kids who were made fun of at school. Transitioning into middle school is hard, and bullying is a common occurrence during this time. I know I was affected by bullying in my 6th grade year, and I want no child to feel like I did. I want to speak to the 5th graders to promote children sticking up for one another like Cole did for his peers, and to encourage making kindness contagious as Cole did in his everyday life"

- Melanie Coppola

Live Like Cole's mission is to encourage children and adults alike to support others, to foster self-worth and to help out their fellow man. We are thrilled to be a part of Kids Tag Art and to be able to share this mission and message with the kids.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kids Tag Art Program Recognized by Governor and Cabinet for $1,000,000 Donated to Classroom Arts Education


Tallahassee, Florida/PR Free/June 13, 2018- For Immediate Release


This morning, the Governor and Cabinet recognized Florida Tax Collectors for their Kids Tag Art Program which has raised over $1million for Florida schools through artwork sales and business contributions. 100% of the funds have gone directly to classroom arts education. Over 165,000 students have participated in Kids Tag Art since the program’s inception in 2006 in Polk County. Kids Tag Art brings the government and private communities together in supporting schools. Business and community leaders are recognizing increasingly the value of an arts education in preparing children to be successful in the market place by emphasizing creativity, problem solving and innovation.


The Governor and Cabinet recognized Florida Tax Collectors’ Kids Tag Art Program for:


It's dedication to classroom arts education and remind all Floridians to support their local Kids Tag Art programs as a way to raise funds for classroom art supplies, to provide a recognition program for spotlighting artistic and talented students, and to highlight the importance of creative self-expression and innovative problem-solving through arts education.


Commissioner Adam Putnam said, “Even more impressive, to date, the Program has partnered with over 300 schools positively impacting 165,000 young student artists in the creation of their tag designs and it has raised over $1million in funding for classroom arts education.”

Tax Collectors issue license plates and the variety of specialty license plates available are a form of artistic expression. Joe Tedder, Tax Collector in Polk County and his team discovered a way to create art through the medium of vanity plates while also challenging students, and funding education. Mr. Tedder said:


We have a great team of business partners and sponsors who have generously supported arts education in our schools through this creative program that brings value to all involved. As we know, students who participate in the arts have higher test scores and are more likely to graduate high school and enter the workforce as innovative thinkers for today’s complex world.  Art provides the context for creative problem-solving, the number one skill that Fortune 500 firms hire for today.


Each year, 25,000 students create unique vanity license plate designs and may submit their work to Tax Collectors in each respective county. Award designs in each county are announced to the public on the various Tax Collector websites. Student artwork is also made available for sale to the public in the form of vanity plates, bike tags, key fobs, mugs, mousepads, etc.  With the help of generous community and business sponsors, 100% of the monies raised from the sale of tags goes back into the classroom for much-needed supplemental funding.


Earlier this year, the Florida Tax Collectors’ Kids Tag Art Program was recognized by the Florida Department of State, receiving the coveted Diversity and Inclusion Award for 2018.  This award honors organizations who work to make arts and cultural programming in Florida as diverse and inclusive as possible.


The Florida Department of State was pleased to honor the Kids Tag Art Program with a 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Award earlier this year to recognize their innovative and exceptional efforts to support arts education,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “This is an incredible program that blends the creativity of Florida students with the generosity of local communities and the results speak for themselves.


The Governor and Cabinet recognized Kids Tag Art as a glowing example of cooperation between the government and private sector to support the education and children in the community. The program recognizes the importance of creative expression and problem-solving skill development. Kids Tag Art is a great program and is supported by business in each community for this very fact.


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