Creative Kids Tag Art

Now Available for Public Purchase

This school year 2,817 creative designs were completed by fifth-graders from 40 Lee district schools participating in Lee County Kids Tag Art program, which has raised more than $38,000 to benefit Lee County arts education.

Two student designs are selected from each school by a panel of art jurors to receive an Award of Distinction recognition. The 80 license plate designs are available for public purchase by visiting the Lee County Tax Collector website at The program is offered by the Lee County Tax Collector in partnership with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.

Like most art by young children, each design reflects what is on their minds, from an appeal to save endangered animals to a visual inventory of beach sunsets. In some cases, you’ll see the slogan “Love Life” with a brilliant composition of color. These young artists’ tag art is now being offered for sale online and available throughout the school year.

You can support art in education by purchasing a Kids Tag Art decorative front-end license plate to display on the front bumper of your car. The proceeds from your purchase will go to back to Lee County School District art classrooms through a grant program administered by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.

For a special preview party of the selected works, residents are invited to Hotel Indigo in Downtown Fort Myers on January 20, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Lee County Kids Tag Art program’s mission is to help enhance art education with supplies and resources for the classroom. Additional in-kind sponsorships offset costs and provide additional recognition and rewards for the students such as attending spring training baseball games.

Family Movie Nights Series

Begins January 20

Alliance for the Arts will begin its Outdoor Family Movie Nights series at the Alliance campus on Friday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. with Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, coolers and blankets. Admission is free, but a suggested $10 family donation helps the Alliance continue offering affordable family programming.

“Family Movie Nights are a fun and endearing way to enjoy animated films under the stars with your family and friends,” says Brandi Couse, Director of Education & Operations. “It’s a great, inexpensive way to treat your family to a movie.”

The Outdoor Family Movie Night series continues on Friday, February 17 with Ice Age: Collision Course and concludes on March 10 with How To Train Your Dragon 2. Movies begin at dusk.

The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information, please call 239-939-2787 or visit

Beauty and the Beast

at Lehigh Senior High School

Lehigh Senior High School Center for the Arts presents Beauty and the Beast Jr. on January 20, at 6:30. All tickets just $2. Join LSHS’s Theatre department for their annual children’s musical. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Contact Janelle Laux for more information.

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