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Superintendent Hughes, School board member Marsha Winegarner, and members of the WCSD District Office staff donned their blue attire and ribbons to join students, administrators, faculty and staff in schools all throughout Walton County today in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Mr. Hughes, Mrs. Winegarner, and the staff at the Tivoli complex visited the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Defuniak Springs for a Child Abuse Prevention Proclamation ceremony as a demonstration of support and unity in the fight against Child Abuse. They returned to the Tivoli Complex to participate in a meaningful Pinwheel Garden Planting Ceremony with guest Julie Hurst (Chief Executive Officer) and staff members from the ECCAC.   

 

The color blue has served as a reminder to end child abuse since 1989, when one grandmother made a personal commitment to wear a blue ribbon after her own grandson died as a result of abuse.  The pinwheel is an uplifting symbol of childhood, and a reflection of hope, health and safety…something we wish for ALL children.  Throughout the month of April, students and teachers across the district will be participating in activities that focus on awareness, and administration and staff will be involved in professional development activities that highlight recognition, support and prevention.  The goal of the Walton County School District is to help end child abuse through education, enlightenment, awareness, and compassion!

Submitted Keitha Bledsoe.

Child Abuse

Pictured: Bill Fletcher, President of the ECCAC Board of Directors;  Julie Hurst, ECCAC Chief Executive Officer; Bob Campbell, Defuniak Springs Mayor; A. Russell Hughes, WCSD Superintendent; Marsha Winegarner, WCSD School Board member at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Freeport Bulldogs football team visited the Ronald McDonald House in Pensacola recently. They did chores, fed the staff and guests, and enjoyed some great conversations with guests. It is a top priority of the FHS football team to be involved in community service and directly helps those in need. Anyone who has any community service ideas or needs, please contact Head Football Coach Shaun Arntz at arntzs@walton.k12.fl.us

Submitted by Patty Woodard.

FHS Ronald McDonald House

FES raised $200 for Relay Recess and over $3000 for the family of Scotty Roessler. He is an FES student recently diagnosed with leukemia.  Thank you to everyone for their support.

Submitted by Nancy Currie.

WDE 4th graders used technology to review for FSA in Mrs. Chastity McLaney's class. Students enjoyed using clickers to submit their answers to their FSA review. They are ready for FSA! Submitted by Chastity McLaney/Jessica Dawkins.

Just like Disney’s Carousel of Progress ride, Mrs. Lathinghouse’s students are rotating around the room, finding practice FSA questions to answer.  When they hear the carousel music, they move on to the next problem.  They are ready to show what they know! 

Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Emerald Coast Middle School Boys won the Golf County Conference Championship. The team defeated Seaside by 24, Baker by 43, Freeport by 59 and Lewis by 72.

Remy Graham, who led the team, lost in a playoff for the low medalist.  Hayes Gibson was 3rd, Kyler Long was 5th, Mason Corriveau was 6th, Nick Sirmans was tied for 16th, Cooper Douglass was tied for 21st and Brayden Mitchell was tied for 24th.
Congratulations to these Stingray Students for representing ECMS and WCSD well and to Coach Griner for a season well played.

Submitted by Angela Vance.

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