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WDE Receives STEM Grant

December 9, 2016

On Tuesday, December 6th, April Gray from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of American Military Engineers presented Mrs. Tammy Goodman, Media Specialist and Mrs. Darlene Paul, Principal of West DeFuniak Elementary with a check in the amount of $897.00.  The grant is for STEM related books for the media center and for 3 Sphero programmable robots.  Mrs. Goodman was one of 9 educators to be a 2016 award recipient out of 46 applicants for the grant.  WDE is thrilled to have these new resources to use with their students.
Triangle Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. donated $1,200.00 to Emerald Coast Technical College for Automotive Service Technology Program student scholarships.
Pictured Left to RIght: Taylor Lathinghouse, Triangle Chevrolet-Buick, Inc., Gary Price, Automotive Service Technology Instructor and Charlie Morse, ECTC Director. Submitted by Laura Smith.
Kim Kirby on behalf of the board of directors of Grit and Grace, Inc. presented copies of the book, Down by the Riverside, written by Ronnie McBrayer and based on their 2017 production.
 
(Left to Right: Ronnie McBrayer, Kim Kirby and Superintendent Russell Hughes) Submitted by Laura Smith.

We take a moment here to recognize our ECMS bus drivers and thank them for the wonderful job they perform in safely transporting our ECMS students to and from school every day!  We are lucky to have such wonderful bus drivers at ECMS and appreciate them very much. 

Pictured from left to right: Marie Thornton, Charles Dodson, Sara Disler, Bob Fowler, Kathleen Corneliuson, James Harl, Cynthia Bickley, Jimmy Harrison, Elsie Powers-Coursey, Bruce Coursey, Candy Bodie (Assistant Principal)

Not Pictured:  Tom Mendez, Amelia Kirkland, Tammy Grigson, Angela Fields, Jack Cornelius  Submitted by Angela Vance.

Parents and Wise Pre-K students enjoyed "Books and Breakfast" with Dr. Adams. After breakfast, Dr. Adams discussed the importance of reading daily to children and shared a fun book. Then students were allowed to choose a book to take home. Submitted by Debbie McBroom.

The Algebra Nation Math tutor Chelsea Jones came to visit Mrs. Meyer’s 7th period class at Freeport High School. They made videos and posters to thank Governor Scott for funding the program. Submitted by Patty Woodard.

Bay Elementary would like to congratulate Avery Jones and Dexter Barefield for being chosen as the December Students of the Month. Both students will be honored at a special breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Freeport on December 14, at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.

Elrod Vo recently won the distinction of being an Achieve3000 WorldWide winner in Mrs. Amy Bennett's eighth grade reading class.  He won the most points by completing reading texts and tasks and receiving points for passing scores.  Two years ago, Elrod won the most points nationwide when he was a sixth grader in Mrs. Bennett's class.  This year, Elrod entered the new school year determined to advance from being the nationwide to the worldwide level winner.  Remarkably, Elrod accomplished his goal before the end of the first semester.  Walton Middle School is very proud of Elrod's accomplishments. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.