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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.

Freeport High School's National Honor Society spent Friday (3/9/18) afternoon working on the beautification of their school.  This is the second time this year that they have worked to make the outside of their school look more beautiful!  A big thank you goes to these students for the hard work and effort!!  Submitted by Patty Woodard.

The FHS Anchor club took 10 members to State Anchor Convention in Orlando where they earned 3 awards for different community service projects.  These awards were:

1st place Community Service award for participating in and donating $1200 to Relay for Life

1st place Patriotism Award for hosting a reception after the FMS Veterans Day program 

3rd place Anchors For Kids Award for raising money and shopping for 6 children from the Angel Tree at Christmas

Submitted by Patty Woodard.

As a kick-off to Fine Arts Education Month (March),  the Visual Art instructors of the Walton County School District recently participated in a professional development Tour of South Walton Galleries.  The teachers visited several Art Galleries in the South Walton/30A area and met with the artists to learn more about their artistic journeys, as well as their creative processes.  

Galleries visited were Gordie Hines Gallery; Chroma/Kathleen Broaderick Studio and Gallery; Justin Gaffrey Art Gallery; Andy Saczynski Studio Gallery; Mary Hong Gallery; A. Wickey Gallery; and Adaro Art Gallery.  

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

Vivian Komando, South Walton High School Art teacher, got to visit former student, Andy Saczynski, who shared the piece that he believes helped define his artistic style - created while a 10th grade student in Ms Komando's class! 

Student Art exhibition

March & April 2018

Presented by Rosemary Beach Foundation, the 7th Annual Music in Pictures is an educational art initiative and juried art contest open to ALL students in grade K-12 in the Walton County school system – both public and private.

 Created in collaboration with professional musicians and university faculty, Music in Pictures encourages lifelong appreciation of symphonic music, enhances learning and provides educational enrichment.  During the Fall 2017, students discovered the power of music through visual arts, classical performances, and classroom presentations.

The Music in Pictures project promotes creativity through the juried art contest where over 4,000 Walton County students (Kindergarten – 12th grade) from 17 Walton County Schools* created a painting of their interpretation of classical music.  The 7th Annual Music in Pictures celebrates the music of five diverse composers: Ludwig Van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Edvard Greig, and John Luther Adams.

Each school selected their student artwork for judging and public exhibition.  The 2018 Judges’ Panel included visual and performing artists.  The quality of the 367 submissions made their job extremely difficult.

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

PHS is proud to recognize two of our seventh graders who have recieved awards from Florida State Poets Association (FSPA) Student Poetry Contest. The FSPA received 611 entries and only 30 received awards for their work, including are two talented Bobcats. Kaylee Aplin received a certificate for Honorable Mention in the contest. For third place, Samantha Lee received a certificate, prize check, and she has been enrolled as a student member of FSPA. Also, Samantha's poem will be published in the Student Winners Section of the FSPA anthology. Way to go, ladies! We are so proud of you!

Submitted by Kalli McMillan