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Van R. Butler Elementary School collected over 2,000 books during their "Literacy Week" book drive. 

Pictured:  Students  organizing the books that were collected during the book drive.

Paxton Eighth Grade Visits Challenger Learning Center
Submitted by Heather Stewart, Paxton School

 Paxton School’s eighth grade students recently enjoyed a field trip to Tallahassee, Florida where they conducted a space mission at the Challenger Learning Center, watched an IMAX movie, viewed a show at the planetarium and toured the Florida Capitol. Thank you to BP for grant funding to support this trip.

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Paxton’s ERAU Students Visit Representative Brad Drake
Submitted by Heather Stewart, Paxton School

Paxton High School’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Gaetz Aerospace Institute students recently traveled to Tallahassee, Florida for a full day of activities.

 Students put their skills to the test during a simulated space mission at the Challenger Learning Center where they worked together to complete the mission including research, analysis and engineering. Following the mission and other activities at the center, students met with Representative Brad Drake during a tour of the Florida Capitol, followed by a visit to Florida State University’s robotics lab and $6 million wind tunnel.

 Thank you to the Florida Space Grant Consortium for their generous grant support of this trip.

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Submitted by Allie Curtis, District Office

Ms. Smothers' third grade class opening their "Mystery Literacy Box" at Maude Saunders Elementary!

Walton High School student Evan Cowie has been selected as Walton County's top 11th grade student in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to be honored at the 2016 Sunshine State Scholars Program. 

The Sunshine State Scholars program was founded in 1997 by Dr. William Caldwell of the University of North Florida and brought together top STEM students from throughout the state to celebrate their successes.  Sunshine State Scholars recognizes the academic achievements of the top 11th grade students representing every district in Florida.  The scholars, along with their parents and a teacher selected by each scholar, convene with more than 40 of Florida's colleges and universities to learn about postsecondary STEM programs of study and unique career opportunities.

Evan was also the winner of the 2014-15 State of Florida Science Fair.  Congratulations Evan!