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Freeport High School's National Honor Society has been proactive in organizing blood drives at their school.  They have held two blood drives this year.  Students donated 81 pints of blood which will help 243 people in need.  Congratulations for sharing the power to save lives!! Submitted by Patty Woodard.

Some of Paxton's own, Kim Davenport (middle school Math), Angela Ellison (6th grade Math/Science/Reading), Jessica Cook (5th Grade), and Susan Rockman (US History/Avid), were recognized were being four of the highest impact teachers in the state of Florida. With this accomplishment, these four ladies have proven that they have the dedication and consistency to meet their own goals and help the students reach their goals. We appreciate everything you do and we are so proud you all are members of the Bobcat family.

Submitted by Kalli McMillan


ECMS held its first ever Spirit Assembly on March 15, 2018. The students gathered in the ECMS Cafeteria and were welcomed with signs and banners displaying uplifting and inspirational messages made by students and teachers. The assembly began with videos created by Media Production students at both ECMS and SWHS. The highlight of the event was the keynote address delivered by Mr. Chris Simpson, Secret Service Agent for President Donald Trump. During Mr. Simpson’s 19-year Secret Service career, he has provided protection for six U.S. Presidents and traveled to numerous countries worldwide. The event wrapped up with fun, games and refreshments outside. Stingrays participated in various events such as dance-off, hula hoop contest, face painting, human ring toss and Stingray hand-off. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the 3rd 9 Weeks, let the students know how much their hard work in the classroom is recognized and appreciated and inspire them to come back from Spring Break ready to work hard to finish the 2017-18 School Year strong! Thank you to Ms. Donnita Carroll, ECMS Behavior Team Chairperson, for taking the lead in organizing this event as well as the ECMS Staff that helped Ms. Carroll make this event possible!
Submitted by Candy Bodie
      

Paxton track team's seniors (as pictured): Shaleigh Geoghagan, Savannah Burke, Kenna Jordan, Bryson Kimmons, Hailey Myddelton, and Macon Roberts were honored by their coaches Laurie Gilbert and Maryllyn Zessin (also pictured) in front of an audience of their family, friends, principal, and Bobcat fans after their track meet on Thursday. As seniors, the students were given special recognition for their time as members of the school's track team. You were all assets to the team and we will miss you. Thank you, seniors!

Submitted by Kallie McMillan

On Friday, March 9th, 2018, Walton Middle School's eighth grade AVID students visited the University of West Florida to get a taste of college life.  While there, students toured campus, learned about available programs, and visited student residences.  After the visit, students were treated to an outdoor lunch from Chick-fil-A.  AVID students ended the day with an even greater vision of their eventual successful futures. Submitted by Kristen Nelson.

Jodi Howell from Walton Middle School visited WDE this week to speak with the upcoming 6th graders. The current 5th graders listened attentively to the many requirements, programs, elective classes, sports, and other topics that were discussed. Rayanna and Drayden were both acknowledged for being hardworking students, and each received their first WMS shirt! Left: Rayanna Griggs Right: Dreden Bembow Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Superintendent of Walton County School District, will share a video update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida.  This month Superintendent Hughes is joined by Sheriff Michael Adkinson to share information about keeping our students safe in Walton County School District! 

https://youtu.be/eu6cqsqPOw4

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

BBQ Fundraiser proceeds to benefit youth at two camps that the Rotary Club of DeFuniak Springs supports.  Participants attend these camps at no charge whatsoever.  The sponsoring clubs pay all costs including transportation.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp is for selected 10th grade students who have been nominated by their school(s) to develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

Information about this camp can be found at:  https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/rotary-youth-leadership-awards

Rotary Youth Camp is an overnight summer camp for physically disabled, autistic and downs syndrome children, sponsored by Rotary Clubs across the Florida Panhandle and south to Trenton, FL. Campers are 9-21 years of age. All the usual camp activities are combined with 24 the medical staff and one on one counselors.

More information about this camp can be found at www.rycnf.org.

We hope you will be able to assist us in raising funds so we can sponsor many students to attend each of these camps!

Local Deliveries Only!

Submitted by Cindy Anderson.

BBQ Rotary

WDE Kindergarteners celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a visit from The Cat in the Hat. Thank you Mr. Douglas for visiting and reading The Cat and the Hat to our classes.  (Pictured is Mrs. Willcox class) Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.