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Safety Patrol students at Van R. Butler are learning how to take the Florida flag and United States flag down, as well as up each day. These students work hard to show that they are ready for the extra responsibilities. Safety Patrol members are fourth grade students that are chosen by the PE department. These are students that have shown that they take initiative and always do the right thing. Other duties among this group include helping at Primary drop off in the morning to help the little ones get out of vehicles. They also help in the cafeteria at breakfast. In addition to all of these, the students learn how to raise and lower the flags each day and fold them correctly. This semester’s Safety Patrol includes Ana Flores, Karissa Garcia, JJ Karakorn, Caidyn Parnell, Beckett Rhea, Haleigh Roberson, Sara Smith, Spring Starkey, and Carlin Watson.  Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

Maude Saunders welcomed 329 Dads to school on September 22nd as part of Florida’s State Initiative to get fathers involved in their children’s academic life.  The dads at Maude Saunders helped plant vegetables and herbs, built diaramas, created solar systems, built boats and planes, launched rockets, simulated oil spills, and much more.  Several Walton County Sheriff’s deputies also participated as male role models to students whose dads were unable to attend.  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

International Day of Peace was celebrated at Butler Elementary School on September 21st.  All students created a pinwheel in art class which they “planted” on campus symbolizing “Whirled Peace”.  Classes discussed how they can help create peace in their classroom, home, community and the world.  This event is celebrated each year at Butler Elementary under the direction of Art Teacher Constance Rogers. Submitted by Tammy Smith.

WDE second grade students explored the "CH" sound using play-doh. This is just one of the various multi-sensory strategies being implemented at WDE to teach language arts. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Members of the Freeport High School Key Club braved the rain showers and participated in the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 17th. Submitted by Patty Woodard.

5th grade students have been studying growth mindset and character traits that people need in order to be successful. For Open House, the students shared with their parents their very own growth mindset writings and emojis that represented character traits needed for success. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Students at WDE are off to a great start in math! Teachers in second grade taught addition by using hundreds charts, base ten blocks, markers, and white boards.  Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.