To push students to be more creative while facing a lack of funds, Marion County created the “Kids’ License Tag Art” program. Fifth-grade students design the plates with whatever they can think of, unless given a specific topic by their teacher. The best designs are featured in the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala. Each school’s art teacher picks the five best pieces, and from that pool a committee chooses which two from each school are most worth displaying. In addition to raising money and teaching students art techniques, the program introduces students to the concept of creating a product that they can eventually sell.
Fundraiser Drives Marion County Elementary School Students to Create License Plate Art
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