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By Staff | Dec 20, 2019

Tax Collector’s Office honors art students

Embracing and celebrating creativity is the backdrop of the Lee County Tax Collector’s Kids Tag Art program, which is recognizing 104 fifth-grade students in the School District of Lee County for their imaginative designs that will appear on specialty license plates.

The program, now in its fifth year, is a partnership between the Tax Collector’s office and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. The program encouraged the fifth-grade students to create artwork based on the theme “Fun in the Sun.” Approximately 3,900 designs were submitted, judged and the top two from the 52 participating Lee County elementary schools are recognized with an “Award of Distinction.” Their winning designs can be displayed on front end plates and will soon be available for public purchase at leetc.com with 100% of proceeds going to each of the schools.

Past Award of Distinction designs are available for purchase at each of the Lee County Tax Collector’s offices in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, South Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Lehigh Acres. The cost is $20 and payable by check made out to The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc.

Hart also will honor a student designer with the Tax Collector Choice Award in a surprise ceremony at the student designer’s school. He will display the plate on the front of his truck for the year.

The Tax Collector’s Office also sells sponsorships for the program, raising even more money that goes to help elementary school teachers pay for art supplies.

Sponsorships are available by calling the Lee County Tax Collector’s Communi-cations Department at 239-533-6060. Call Beverly Burke of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Inc. at 239-337-0433 for program information.

8th Annual Sounds of the Season TV special today

The School District of Lee County presents the 8th Annual Sounds of the Season TV special today, Dec. 20. This year’s Sounds of the Season features performances from more than 800 students from 17 schools performing over 50 holiday favorites.

Sounds of the Season showcases fine arts programs from around the district. Each participating school performs musical selections of their choice, all with a holiday theme. Winners from the district’s annual holiday greeting card contest are also featured.

The 8th Annual Sounds of the Season will debut on the School District’s Face-book page and YouTube Channel on Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. It will also be broadcast on Lee Schools TV (Comcast Channel 99 or Centurylink Channel 89) several times during the winter break. NBC-2 and ABC-7 plan to air portions of some of the performances.

Foundation for Lee County Public Schools to name

Suncoast Credit Union Scholars

The Suncoast Schools Credit Union Foundation is partnering with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools to offer five $2,000 scholarship awards to Class of 2020 high school graduates. Class of 2020 high school graduates in Suncoast Credit Union’s 21-county service territory have the opportunity to apply for financial support to continue their education, thanks to a $116,000 investment in scholarships by the Tampa-based credit union’s Foundation.

Applications opened Dec. 14 and are available until March 28, 2020. To apply log onto flcps.awardspring.com/

This year’s Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program represents a continued philosophy of the foundation to support education initiatives and the well-being and potential of children. Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has contributed more than $25 million including more than 600 student scholarships valued at nearly $1 million.