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The St. Joe Foundation awarded Freeport Elementary School a grant in the amount of $20,000.  These funds will be used to buy additional computers for each second grade classroom. Submitted by Nancy Currie.

West DeFuniak Elementary 5th grade students attended Marvel of Flight at the DeFuniak Springs Airport. The TigerFlight Formation Flight Team had positive, motivational, and uplifting messages to deliver to the students while teaching them about the aircraft, letting them build rockets, and allowing them to explore the helicopters. The Tiger Flight Foundation is "Leading the Young to the Dream of Flight." Submitted by Debbie Bush/Jessica Dawkins.

Marvels of flight

Stingray pride has been spreading in a big way at Emerald Coast Middle School. Ms. Anderson's Science Classes have been collecting gently used (and new) stuffed animals.  The collection benefits Shriners Children's Hospital and many children will be given a stuffed animal during their stay at the hospitals.  Ms. Anderson wants to thank all the students and teachers who participated in the stuffed animal drive. ECMS collected over 800 stuffed animals for Shriners. Way to go Stingrays!!!!! The stuffed animals are on their way to deserving children in Shrevport, Louisiana and Tampa, Florida.  Submitted by Angela Vance.

The checks, dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies have been counted!

FES has donated a grand total of $1,951.86 for the Pennies for Patients campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!!!

What an awesome example of our staff and students' generosity!!! Submitted by Nancy Currie.
WCSD will continue to monitor the National Weather Service and Walton County Emergency Management for updates on weather conditions. If there are further announcements concerning the weather they will made via our webpage and social media outlets.

ECMS baseball players recognize "Mustache March". Mustache March is an annual event occurring in the month of March, where men in the United States Air Force grow mustaches to honor Air Force legend Robin Olds.

ECMS families and stakeholders wish the Stingray Baseball Team good luck as they play Baker on April 6, 2017 for the Championship! 

Submitted by Angela Vance.

Paxton’s eighth grade students had an out of this world time at the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Thanks to a grant from the Florida Space Grant Consortium, students participated in a simulated space mission to the moon where they navigated the spacecraft to landing, built rovers, maintained the health of the crew, monitored space weather, and more! They also viewed the northern lights in the planetarium and watched a 3D Imax movie about Earth as seen from the viewpoint of the astronauts on the International Space Station. Thank you Florida Space Grant Consortium and Challenger Learning Center for providing this opportunity to our students! Submitted by Samantha Martin.

The 12 students listed below have read at least 21 books this school year.  Each book contained a minimum of 300 pages.  Nine of these students went to Blast Arcade in Miramar Beach on March 31 to celebrate this accomplishment.  They have just four more books to go to meet the year-long 25 Book Challenge.

Pictured left to right are Darien Mason, Cheyenne Cordle, James Coffman, Clay Lemay, Latayia Gregg, Kyle Burch, Rachel Smith, Anthony King, and Emma Kuykendall.  Not pictured: Hayden Clemmons, Paige Howell, and Hannah Mays

Keep reading, Braves!

Submitted by Christy English.

Paxton High School’s aerospace students are learning to pilot unmanned aerial systems, sometimes called drones, as part of their concurrent enrollment courses with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Through a partnership with ERAU’s Gaetz Institute, the students earn both high school and university credit while they learn aerospace concepts that lead to industry certifications. Submitted by Samantha Martin.