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The Freeport-South Walton Kiwanis club recently made a very generous donation to support the 5th grade students of Walton County in their attendance at the annual 5th grade Symphony Concert presented by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.  For 30 years, the NFSO has provided free annual concerts at the Mattie Kelly Fine Arts Auditorium for Okaloosa & Walton county students with specialized youth oriented programming & teacher's curriculum. In addition, the NWF State College Fine Arts Division sponsors a popular "Picture the Music" art contest in conjunction with the annual theme of the NFSO 5th Graders concerts.  Cash prizes are awarded to winners and all artwork is displayed in the lobby of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center mainstage theater.

The Freeport- South Walton Kiwanis Club has graciously sponsored the students in this annual event for a number of years.  As a result of their sponsorship, over 800 Walton County School District students were impacted by the presentation this year!

Mr. Bryan Gilbert, Freeport-South Walton Kiwanis President, was at the June 20th WCSD School Board meeting to make the presentation, joined by club members Barbara Wheeler, Bill Whitney, Bill Fletcher, and Wanda and Jim Pitts. 

Also present was the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Maestro Jeffrey Rink!  Thanks to Maestro Rink and his amazing orchestra and team members for making the music and the magic happen! 

The WCSD is exceedingly appreciative and grateful to Kiwanis for their support in this event, and for all the activities they sponsor in support of the students in this county!   

submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

Students attending the Summer Bridge Program at MSE are engineering recycled race cars. Students worked together to construct an off-road track where the final race will take place.  Submitted by Brianna Leavins.

MSE Engineering Recycled Race Cars

MSE Engineering Recycled Race Cars


Students at Camp Warrior at Walton Middle School learned about animals during a hands-on presentation from Nonie's Ark. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

WMS Camp Warrior

Mr. Brandin Shost’s Gifted Class took a virtual tour of the Thai Royal Palace recently during a one hour broadcast via Skype. Mr. Shost is in Thailand teaching English for three weeks. While there he is also giving his students at BES an up close and personal tour of Thailand, despite the 12 hour time difference. While online students learned about cultural differences, architectural design, traditions and most of all the high regard this country holds for it’s monarchy. Thank you Mr. Shost for making learning exciting! We are lucky to have you! Submitted by Cindy Stewart.

WMS students have been having a blast at Camp Warrior this summer.  At the summer bridge camp, students rotate between teacher led stations, participating in dynamic STEM projects, fun literacy activities, AVID skills and strategies, and interactive local and state history lessons. Students who are attending have been having fun AND learning! Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

WMS Camp Warrior

WMS Camp Warrior

WMS Camp Warrior

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes was recently selected as a guest speaker for the Florida School Board Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents 72nd Annual Summer Joint Conference.  Mr. Hughes provided an inspirational and compelling thought for the day to School Board members and Superintendents of Florida school districts who were in attendance.  He was quoted as saying "With love and compassion for the students in your district, you can make it happen!"  We can definitely attest to that philosophy here in Walton County School District. Thanks to Mr. Hughes for his leadership and inspiration!

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe


Freeport High School defeated Arnold High School for the 7 on 7 Beach Championship, while also defeating Bay, Rutherford, Graceville and Brookwood (GA) during the tournament.  Go Bulldogs!  Submitted by Patty Woodard.