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Fifth-grader at Sanibel school earns special award for Kids Tag Art entry

By Staff | Apr 25, 2018

THE SANIBEL SCHOOL The Kids Tag Art's Tax Collector Choice Award winner Sophia Schroy with, from left, her mother and father, Leanne Rekow and Henry Schroy, and her art teacher, Tylor Stewart.

A student at The Sanibel School was recognized for her art submission to an annual program.

Fifth-grader Sophia Schroy’s entry for Kids Tag Art, organized by the Lee County Tax Collector and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, was selected for the Tax Collector Choice Award.

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 the Lee County Tax Collector’s website. Two designs from each participating school are selected as Award of Distinction winners, according to officials.

In addition, Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart awards one special recognition.

“He selects his favorite plate,” Lee County Tax Collector spokeswoman Pleshette Mims said.

THE SANIBEL SCHOOL Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart, right, and Marshall Bower, president of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, present the winner with her framed winning art and speciality license.

With this year’s theme being “Reach for the Stars,” Sophia’s design was a hit.

“It was a rocket ship up in the sky with stars and dark all around,” her art teacher, Tylor Stewart, said. “The rocket just showed up with the contrast of the dark blue background.”

Behind the rocket ship, an image of planet Earth floats.

“She’s very proud and, I think, very happy with herself,” she said.

“She’s always been interested in art. She’s always been very art focused,” Stewart added. “Sophia is a very well-rounded student – she’s a very good role model for my fifth-grade art class.”

PHOTO PROVIDED Sophia Schroy's submission earned the Tax Collector Choice Award.

The Award of Distinction winners were Jenna Cook and Tony Underwood.

Stewart estimated that there were probably about 45 submissions from The Sanibel School.

“They take such pride in thinking and knowing that their artwork could be put on a license plate and that’s motivating to them,” she said.

According to officials, Kids Tag Art collected more than $40,000 this year for art programs at 49 participating schools. Each school received a check for $800 to be used toward art supplies.

“It’s a really great program because not only do the kids get to design these license plates, but it’s grant funded,” Stewart said. “We now have $800 to put into the art fund, which is a wonderful thing.”

PHOTO PROVIDED Jenna Cook was an Award of Distinction winner at The Sanibel School for her submission.

On April 16, Sophia received a surprise visit in her classroom from Hart and Foundation for Lee County Public Schools President Marshall Bower, along with her parents, Vice Principal Jamie Reid, Stewart and the Sanibel SEA TV crew. She received a plate with her artwork and her framed art.

“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,” Hart said in a prepared statement. “I’m proud that we’re able to encourage and contribute to the success of so many students. It goes hand in hand with our mission of service to the community.”

All of the tags are for sale online through the end of the school year, set for May 31. They cost $20 each, plus $7.50 shipping and handling. The art designs can also be purchased as a mug or mousepad.

For more information or to purchase one of the Kids Tag Art plates, visit leetc.com.

PHOTO PROVIDED Tony Underwood was an Award of Distinction winner at The Sanibel School for his submission.